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Artificial Urban Forest Wins Taiwan Tower Competition

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This extraordinary vision – creating a next nature for the coming century – has won the Taiwan Tower competition, for a community center to be built in Taichung City.

The semi-outdoor interior space generates a dappled light quality as if in a forest glade.

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The “21st Century Oasis” is from Japan’s Sou Fujimoto Architects in collaboration with the Taiwanese engineering company, Fei & Cheng Associates.

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Reminding city residents of the nature so recently lost, the garden reintroduces the idea of nature into the urban fabric – becoming a symbolic landmark that will be visible from many points throughout the city.

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The 21st Century Oasis will be set within a green belt, and become an urban retreat.

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A green rooftop ‘island’ will float at its summit, 300 meters above the city, representing the divine isle of Formosa.

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Among many sustainable features, it will use rainwater harvesting and recycling to nourish plants at the top.

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In addition, solar hot water panels, wind turbines, photovoltaic cells, ground source heat pumps and desiccant air-handling units are also incorporated.

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Only a small part of the structure has floors, in the sense of a traditional skyscraper.

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But these are enough to serve as a lookout point and citified reconnoitering spot.

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Similarly, the lobby occupies only a small part of the structure’s footprint.

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The foyer to a museum housed within is partly daylit through the dappled light.

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Only the museum itself has artificial light – to preserve the artworks from decay.

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By night, the structure’s LED lighting can be lit up to make many different light patterns.

The carbon footprint is less than half that of a typical building, let alone one destined to become a city icon.

Via DesignBoom

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