Richard Meier & Partners has revealed their first ever building in Taiwan, a 163-meter apartment building close to the center of Taichung. Offering 110 apartments with views over Taichung City Hall, the Opera House, and the Convention Center, the tower is composed of two towers connected by a central circulation core. The north tower is the taller section, with a geometric appearance that responds to the more built-up area to the north of the building. The south tower, which faces an area of smaller-scale residential buildings, features an expressive facade of translucent glass.
The highly visible building represents "an iconic image for Taiwan’s future," and "a synthesis of innovative and elegant architecture", according to the architects. "We are honored to be part of the dynamic architectural vibrancy of Taichung," said Richard Meier. "The new tower responds to the scale of city’s existing fabric while sustaining the modern architectural dialogue which we continue to refine and explore throughout our work."
"We approached the design of this residential tower as a unique opportunity to deliver a beacon to the city center, with a tailor-made solution incorporating the firm's meticulous consideration to details, finishes, and materials while following our ideals of site, order and the use of natural light," adds Vivian Lee, Associate Partner at Richard Meier & Partners.
In addition to the apartments, the building offers a range of amenities for residents, including a swimming pool, fitness center, lounge, massage rooms, and banquet rooms on the lowest three floors, and a communal sky garden on the 16th floor of the north tower.
On the south tower, natural light is controlled by overlaying the translucent curved glass with transparent and translucent screens, and by including solar shading systems such as louvers.
"The Owners’ commitment to this project allowed us to craft a very special building unique to this site and the City of Taichung, inspired and energized by the vibrant modern culture of Taiwan," said Dukho Yeon, another Associate Partner. "The design of the tower embodies our core principles of lightness and transparency."
Construction of the Taichung Condominium Tower has already started and completion is expected in 2018.
LocationWenxin 1st Road, Taichung City, Taiwan (ROC)
Design TeamRichard Meier, Vivian Lee, Dukho Yeon
Project ArchitectSimone Ferracina
Project TeamJoe DeSense, Jerome Engelking, Jeremy Keagy, Aung Kyaw, Peter Liao, Ian Lotto, Diana Lui, Amir Mikhaeil, Stefan Scheiber-Loeis, YuanYang Teng
Associate ArchitectHOY Architects
OwnersFubon Land Development Co. & New Charm Corporation Limited
PhotographsCourtesy of Richard Meier & Partners