Taichung Tower / Nicolas Laisne Architecte

Taichung Tower / Nicolas Laisne Architecte

Nicolas Laisne Architecte has been awarded honorable mention in the international Taiwan Tower Conceptual Design competition. The proposal placed fifth among over four hundred entries. Additional images, a video and a description from the architect after the break.


This proposed for the Taichung international competition is a high tech building, producing energy, naturally cooled by the winds and offering suspended gardens with global views over the city.

The Tower is composed by three elements :

1_Floors for offices, a museum , restaurants and an observatory 2_Suspended gardens linked with every program offering to workers and tourists generous outside spaces 3_Panels The tower is a light metallic structure composed by a combination of panels which support electric production panels

It is situated along the new park of Taichung old airport.

The Form of the Tower is adapted to its environment. On the Ground Floor the panels accompany the street and are used as large scale information screen presenting what is happening in the Tower : activities, exhibitions….

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In the upper floors this panels are oriented to offer the Tower an efficient natural ventilation using the winds coming from the North. This surfaces are also covered with solar panels, and the Tower would produce enough electricity to be energy self sufficient.

At the ground floor, the tower is open on both sides. The Lobby for Offices department of urban development access is located on the Park Avenue 3. The Lobby for Museum and observatory access is open on the garden on the East Side of the building. Each Lobby  is connected to a vertical circulation composed by 3 elevators and two scissor stairs. One vertical circulation give access to the offices, the other one to the Museum and observatory.

The tower’s interior is composed by a large variety of Spaces. This floors are all different and are adapted to their functions. The offices are located on the lower floors which are the larger and the quickest to reach for workers who would come every day. The Museum is located in the middle floors with large spaces with high ceilings and interesting views on the skyline of Taichung.

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The observatories are situated on the upper floors with fantastic views on the city and above the Dadu Mountain. Suspended Gardens are linked to all these programs and are protected from the wind with glass panels.  On this gardens, there are some Terrace restaurants where the workers and visitors can appreciate the tempered air and sky views.

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Cite: Hank Jarz. "Taichung Tower / Nicolas Laisne Architecte" 22 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/90658/taichung-tower-nicolas-laisne-architecte> ISSN 0719-8884

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