Taiwan Tower Conceptual Design International Competition
1. Tenglong (Rising Dragon) Taiwan Tower
1.1. The tower is 333 m in height. At the top of tower resides the Main Observation Deck and the Revolving Restaurant (#) which provides 360 degree aerial viewing. It is connected to a tea house (#) on the mezzanine level, a respite space for tourists. From the Revolving Restaurant visitors can look into and walk down to the sky garden(#) below surrounded by almost full height undulating glass walls and ring shaped sky corridors(#). Visitors can admire the picturesque landscape and thoroughly appreciate the beauty at this height as they are floating in the universe.
1.2. An Intermediate Observation Deck is set at 181.2 m on top of the Environmental Quality Monitoring Office tucked inside the tower body. Visitors can go down to Multifunctional Rooms at the lower level to watch large digital screen shows, etc.
1.3. Entry hall is located at 3.6 m with a multistory atrium space(#) looking up through the museum lobby at 7.2m all the way to 19.2 m, promoting interactive and friendly contacts: tower visitors can be seen by the museum crowd and appreciate the magical spatial effect of museum atrium space. It also provides a horizontal connection to the retail, souvenir shops, and food court for public use.
1.4. As a monumental landmark building, we do not recommend installing a large antenna launcher on the top. For broadcasting and electronic signal transmission services, we have allocated additional open spaces on top of the Tower, 316-328 m for radio and digital signal transmission base, and other development.
2. Museum of Taichung City Development
2.1. The exterior curved shape design of the museum symbolizes the entwining shape of the dragon body.
2.2. The museum interior architecture space concept is based on the principle of both an exhibition center and a physical model (#) demonstration of different spatial composition of urban pulse. A combination of a large exhibition hall (#) and several small and medium-sized exhibition spaces are skillfully designed to provide built- in flexibility. It symbolizes the exuberant and vigorous development of Taichung city and industrious and enterprising Taichung people.
2.3. The entry hall is located at the 7.2 m level, and is the starting point of the multistory atrium space (#) with curved escalators connecting each exhibiting floor. At the 15.2 m level a focal point of an indoor floating garden is set up to display the Taiwan Tower model. A large cone skylight spans the space, in the center of the largest exhibition hall. (#) This is a metaphor for Taichung city ‘s continuing growth .
2.4. Museum visitors entering from the museum elevator lobby through spacious corridors(#) at each level can look down into the Taiwan Tower entrance hall at 3.6m. Perceptual connections into two individual spaces promote unlimited reverie and interest in other exhibit areas for both tower and museum visitors. (#)
3. Retail and Food Court located at 3.6 m can connect to Taiwan Tower entrance hall directly and provide service for the museum. Museum visitors may come down from the museum entrance hall at 7.2 m. During lunch time and after work, employees of the Urban Development Bureau Office Building may come from the office main lobby located at 7.2 m and stroll to the shops and the food court through the outdoor overpass glass corridor while enjoying the beautiful scenery on both sides.
4. Offices for the Department of Urban Development, Taichung City Government
4.1. This is a 13 storey curved building offering energy-saving and green architecture. Its form symbolizes a lofty swaying dragon tail. The main entrance is an indoor courtyard with (#) an ‘airlation’ waterfall and rock waterscape juxtaposed on both sides. At the center two long escalators rise up to the main lobby at 7.2 m, a metaphor that the dragon is preparing for ascension.
4.2. The atrium (#) at the elevated main lobby consists of a series of inclined ellipses decreasing in size each level as they go up to the top . This gives a strong visual impact but also efficiently divides office spaces into two functional parts at each level.
4.3. A large conference room and a medium size meeting room located on the 13th level at 55.2.m high. One medium-sized meeting room located on the mezzanine above at 59.2 m. Attendees can overlook from the inclined elliptical atrium (#) all the way down and see the waterscapes at the ground level entry indoor courtyard.
5. Dragon Shadow Plaza
Because the building is elevated from the ground, Dragon Shadow Plaza allows the visitors to reach any point on site unimpeded and even further at the ground level, effectively meeting the functional requirement for converging and diverging the crowds. Thus, the concept of the Taiwan Tower and ‘Woods of Ruiyun’ is naturally formed to continue the green space of Central Park as ‘a corner of the boundless sky’, truly experiencing the spatial fluidity, infinity and 360 degree scenic views, creating a panoramic cinematic experience. Also this is an exterior extension of all interior tours; all pedestrian traffic will be directed to here as a start.
6. Interior Space Design Concept
This makes use of the rich architectural space composition to demonstrate its natural and honest essence. Therefore there is no need to deliberately create a secondary interior space. And with simple surface decoration, we can achieve the economic goal and the effect of spatial integrity simultaneously.
3. Exhibition Viewing Sequence offers three selections, however all tours start at the entry hall with proof of ticket purchase.
3.1. Museum is the starting point. After visiting the Taichung City history of development, visitors can take the elevators at 19.2 m down to Taiwan Tower entry hall and continue to visit the Taiwan Tower (Refer to Vertical Viewing Sequence Concept Map). This is the main itinerary for visitors. (Refer to Museum Circulation Map)
3.2. When there is an overflow of visitors, they can use the Taiwan Tower Entrance Hall as a starting point. After visiting the top of the tower visitors can take the high-speed elevators down to the Museum Entrance Hall at 7.2 m and begin the museum tour.
3.3. If visitors have limited time, they can choose to either to visit the Taiwan Tower or the Museum.