The site is located in Guanyin District, Taoyuan City, near Zhubei Fishing Port and Taoyuan International Airport. Due to its location within the flight path of the construction of the third runway, the building height is subject to aviation safety regulations. The owner is a well-known Taiwanese conglomerate, which has its own conventions for architectural vocabulary and color usage. This project attempts to explore opportunities for breakthroughs based on these conventions, reducing the volume and allowing the landscape to enter the space. It hopes to complement the ever-changing weather along the coastline and create a sense of richness in the relatively barren environment. We believe that in addition to improving the appearance and form of logistics buildings, the spatial quality of the workplace should also be strengthened, in order to achieve the goal of improving the quality of the working environment and promoting opportunities for interaction among people.
This project adopts two circular ramps (with a length of 46 meters) located at both ends of the elongated building to serve the multi-story warehouse. The functional configuration of the warehouse in this project is defined by the principle of single-entry and single-exit traffic safety. The circulation is elongated while simplifying the driving logic, allowing for completely non-crossing traffic within the park. The loading dock is concentrated on the west side to avoid strong sea winds from east, while the administrative building faces the main road to ensure the agility of circulation. Generally speaking, the central void of circular ramps in warehouse buildings is often used for passive purposes such as cooling tower for A/C or smoking areas. Here, we hope to celebrate this gigantic concrete structure and its unique scale by transforming it into a positive space. Therefore, we have incorporated a "sloping sunken courtyard" into the void of the ramp.
The "sloping sunken courtyard" connects with the sidewalk and gradually sinks towards the administrative building, intersecting with the canteen and rest platform located on B1F. The vertical circulation of the office building adopts a landscape elevator that overlooks the courtyard. People can experience the scenery changing with the speed of the elevator, sunlight, and seasons. Their sight transitions from the courtyard to the ramp, and finally to the open sky and the distant view of the future airport runway, enhancing the vertical movement experience. The circular ramp will no longer be just a cold, functional facility supporting truck transportation, but also become the core space that nourishes the perception of life in the park.
The 5th and 6th floors of the office building gradually retreat towards the east, leaving space for activity terraces. On one hand, this allows more light to enter the atrium, and on the other hand, it provides space for relaxation and viewing of aircraft takeoffs and landings. The terraces on different floors can be quickly accessed through outdoor stairs, allowing colleagues on different floors to interact easily. The terraces can also lead all the way to the roof platform on the 7th floor, where various outdoor activities can be held according to the needs of the conglomerate. The protruding grid frame on the south-facing facade integrates balconies and sunshade functions. In addition to enhancing the architectural response to the trend of activities generated by the ramp, it also externalizes the activities of personnel to create a friendly entrance expression. The exterior wall materials are simplified as much as possible but emphasize their structural relationships. Apart from glass windows, the elements include steel structures, reinforced concrete, hollow cement boards (used for office building walls, vertical sunshade boards on balconies, and column covers on the canopy), and color-coated sandwich panels. In order to strengthen the consistency of the balcony boards and hollow cement sunshade boards, steel beams are used to create lightweight balcony elements, constructing a clear image of the park.