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CLIENT: Taichung City Government

LOCATION: Taichung, Taiwan

A series of competitions were conducted by the municipality of Taichung for the design of a landmark high-rise building. This tower was conceived by the city authorities as a new symbol of Taiwan, and was planned to house the Museum of Taichung. From the outset, CRAB regarded this as an opportunity to create a centre for the investigation of alternative energies, especially in a country that has a high level of technical know-how and a high consumption of energy.

The 302m tall tower incorporated additional energy-gathering systems – in particular wind power and solar power. A system of ‘blades’ was devised that simultaneously carry the energy apparatus and act as sun- breaking shields for the laboratories and public buildings that are draped onto the main armature. These also descend and fan out to form an ‘umbrella’ for the parkland site.

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