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taichung echo wind tower by off architecture
all images courtesy off architecture
paris based off architecture have sent in images of their proposal
for the taichung echo wind tower project, an expressive green tower.
overseeing the taichung basin, the taiwan tower is the observatory of
the central taiwan ecosystem ranging from the central mountain range
to the south china sea.
the tower’s envelope is composed of 2 million suspended thin metal leaves
that tilt up against the wind which operates 64 internal helicoidal wind
turbines generating enough energy to make the building fully sustainable.
the facade shows patterns of air flows as a monumental expression of
the natural context and its immediate climatic conditions.
its skin symbolizes the cohesion of the surrounding habitat while the evolving
winds provide transformations of its form.
the tower stands at 350 meters high at a 2 degree inclination. this slight obliquity
allows the metal leaves’ polished surfaces to reflect taichung to itself. approaching
visitors seize in these reflections their city at different scales and from contrasting
viewpoints. at night, the tower turns into a 2 million pixel led vertical screen
with infinite possibilities to provide dynamic digital visuals. an isostatic tripod
emerges from within the reservoir comprising of a lobby, an office block
and a singular mirrored shape. the tower floats above ground fitted on top of
the museum of the taichung city development is suspended under the tripod
and exhibits a model of the taichung metropolis composed of key historical urban
fragments, architectural landmarks and views of the cityscape. it hosts group
and individual educational programs about the city, its achievements and digital
projections on the sky scrapping screen. the achieved technology acts not only as
a monumental object but functions as an instrument to promote cultural ventures
and moreover democracy.
the archetypal perspective is flipped into a new contemporary view of space
organization illustrated by the array of a visitor’s viewpoints. the tower strongly
displays in its design the vibrance of the taiwanese democratic identity and echoes
the technological proficiency that supports its conscious and sustainable urban
development of the central metropolis within the central taiwanese ecosystem.
designer: off architecture, philippe rizzotti architectes, samuel nageotte.
team: manal rachdi, tanguy vermet, ute rinnebach, philippe rizzotti,
samuel nageotte, marina daviu castilla, clement gerard, guy reziciner,
felix weber, eric dumarché, sebatien boublil.
location: taichung city.