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Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Agora Tower - Taipei, Taiwan

On the last and biggest parcel of land available for residential use in taipei city, vincent callebaut 's twisting, foliage-filled 'agora tower' will preside over the rest of the urban xinyin district. the architect, known for his distinct eco-vision, has designed a high-density space that aims at limiting the ecologic footprint of its inhabitants by forging a symbiotic relationship between the urban dweller and nature. tall planted balconies of suspended orchards, organic vegetable gardens and and medicinal greenery will take root in the high-performance building. in true cradle-to-cradle fashion, even the construction process transforms itself; industrial waste will be returned as a 'technical nutrient' to be indefinitely recycled. the helicoidal towers appropriate their form from the structure of DNA, conceptually speaking to the building blocks of life, as well as dynamism and twinning. four types of housing units form a full level allowing their twisting forms to optimize space for open-air hanging gardens. the angled apartments additionally offer exceptional views of the bustling city by multiplying the transversal views of the overall east-west rhomboidal pyramid. corbelled floors provide structure and privacy.

Project Info:

  • Type: competition, first prize winner in november 2010
  • Client: bes engineering corporation, taipeicontract location: xinyin district, taipei city, taiwan
  • Program: 40 luxurious apartments + facilities
  • Surface area: 42.335.34 square meters
  • Delivery: 2016
  • Current phase: construction documents – below grade under construction green certification: LEED gold
  • international design architect: vincent callebaut architectures, sarl paris
  • Local architect: lkp design, taipei
  • Local structure engineering: king le chang & associates, taipei
  • Local mep engineering: sine & associates, taipei international interior architect: wilson & associates (wa), los angeles
  • International landscape architect: swa, sausalito, san francisco 
  • Local landscape architect: horizon & atmosphere (h&a), taipei
  • International lighting designer: l'observatoire international, new york
  • Local lighting designer: unolai design, taipei
  • Green consultant: enertek, taipei
  • Vca's team: emilie diers, frederique beck, jiao yang, florence mauny, volker erlich, philippe steels, marco conti sikic, benoit patterlini, maguy delrieu, vincent callebaut
  • Model maker: Patrick Laurent.

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