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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Taiwan Tower in Taichung by Sou Fujimoto Architects

December 8th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sou Fujimoto Architects

Our proposal for the Taiwan Tower, and the model for the Green-Architecture of the new generation, is the 21st Century Oasis. This Tower proposes a new Typology of a Tower akin to transparent cloud, mist and alike, which is unlike any other Towers in the past. The 2 main source of Inspiration comes from Taiwan itself.

Aerial View (Images Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects)

  • Architect: Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Name of Project: Taiwan Tower
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Program: Observatory Tower, Museum of Taichung City Development, Public Amenity programs
  • Site Area: 43398m2
  • Client: Taichung City Government

Night View (Images Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects)

  • Site Coverage Area: 10000m2(Incl. Footprint and Beams above)
  • Total Floor Area: 11934.4m2
  • Structure: Steel Frame Construction (Part Reinforced Concrete Construction)
  • Number of Floors: 3 stories above ground grade, 2 stories below ground.
  • Maximum Height: RFL=+308.00m
  • Start of Construction: 2014, January(Projected)
  • Completion: 2016, December(Projected)
  • Local Partner: Fei & Cheng Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Ove Arup Japan
  • Environmental/MEP Engineer: Ove Arup Japan
  • Lighting Design: Sirius Lighting Office
  • Landscape Design: dA VISION Design


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects)

BANYAN TREE – Inspired by the Banyan trees, creating a comforting urban plaza like space under a tree, this place will be a beautifully pleasant public space for the people of Taichung, formed by transparent delicate structural frame.

FORMOSA – Divine Taiwan island – Inspired by FORMOSA, the proposal presents a floating roof-top garden soaring 300m above ground, as a symbol of the divine island. From nature and culture of Taiwan itself, to the innovative design of the Tower for the new era.

This Tower will symbolize not only Taiwan, but the Environmental era of the 21st century.

Roof-top Garden suspended 300m above ground level in the sky provides the people of Taichung with an Oasis in the city.  This green-filled Garden will be visible from everywhere and will be a symbolic landmark and existence.


Images Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects

New Typology of the Tower

The Eiffel Tower when it was conceived in Paris marked the age of 20th Century, and became a role-model for many Towers to follow.  The tower proposed here is a Tower as an origin of 21st Century. We see the Taiwan Tower undertaking the role that Eiffel Tower had undertook in Modernity for the 21st Century and beyond. This is a typology of Tower that has never before existed.

Sited within the Taichung Gateways Green-belt, the Tower exist as a comforting resting place for the surrounding campus and the adjacent cultural zones, the Tower will provide a plaza-like space in direct continuation to the Green-belt. And by the Green extended above in the roof-top Garden, the formation brings a three-dimensional continuation of the Greenery and Garden.

This Tower will create an URBAN OASIS in the Taichung Gateway, in the intersection of where Transport/Education/Culture/Nature converge.


EiffelTower-TaiwanTower (Images Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects)

The Tower has within it, a public Observatory function with public services such as shops and cafe, and Museum of Taichung City Development., as well as large exterior spaces which allows for diverse uses and functions.

The primary structure is made from Steel frame with generous space for attaching various renewable energy systems and lighting fixtures, making the Tower itself a large energy-producing device and landmark which is visible from all over Taichung. The Taiwan Tower opens to the public at the start of 2017.


Images Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects

Images Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects

Facade (Images Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects)

Banyan+Formosa (Images Courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects)

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One Response to “Taiwan Tower in Taichung by Sou Fujimoto Architects”

  1. Arkhenspaces says:

    You may have a look to Our project The instrumenTower, our new concept of building.
    Arkhenspaces ( the parisian architect workshop ) designed this visual, musical and interactiv tower into the city aimed to be the tallest wind organ.

    Moreover, this tower is the second project of Arkhenspaces in Taiwan after the Pop music and maritime cultural center ( ).

    We hope you’ll enjoy it.

    read more about our concept here :

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