Architecture contests are never short of ambitious projects, and the modern masterpiece proposed by Japanese practice Sou Fujimoto Architects in collaboration with Taiwanese firm Fei & Cheng Associates that took first place in the Taiwan Tower International competition for Taichung city is no exception.
'21st century oasis' takes inspiration from the trunk of the Taiwanese banyan tree, with an ornate structural system designed to cast stippled light over the space. From a design perspective, LED lights also provide the option of illuminating the exterior, Chinese lantern-style, at night.
Positioned within a green belt, the building will act as an urban retreat with a green rooftop 300m above the city. Also incorporated are features like rainwater harvesting, solar hot water panels, wind turbines, and photovoltaic cells.