Located adjacent to the Taipei World Trade Center and within the newly planned development of the Taiwan government, this 24 story (275,000 sq. Ft.) acute triangular shaped, mixed-use structure will house exclusively international trading and transportation companies, in addition to retail and outdoor plaza areas.
The intent to establish a certain fluidity of motion throughout the project—from horizontal circulation (around the city, and into the project limits) to vertical circulation (up into the tower core) to elevated horizontal circulation (within the two office volumes)—defines the volumetric organization of the whole.
The office volumes are suspended 50 feet over the open, split-level plaza, main entrance and up to lobby level, retail and auto entries. Their positioning maximizes the acute angle at the northeast edge of the site (the corner pointing directly at the new complex). The core is not enclosed nor centered around the main volume as seen in most common office towers, but is set against the corridor linkage, detached from the office mass, to provide some connection back to the city, toward the government center upon exiting the elevators.
The core elements reflect the individual floor ownership of the tenants and the independent individual modules to support each floor. The modules contain necessary mechanical functions and wash rooms and are pre-manufactured by a company who manufactures these type of modules for the off-shore oil platforms.
The extracted core of the building creates dramatic arrival vistas as well as six corner office planning opportunities per floor. A presidents penthouse is located at the top of 19 floors of office space. An elevated entry lobby and a portion of the open space requirement are located on the second floor. Retail levels are at the first floor and the first basement level with three levels of parking.