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Romanian architect wins Taiwan Tower design competition
Romanian architect Stefan Dorin has won the Taiwan Tower Conceptual Design International Competition, which involved designing a building with minimum 300m height that is meant to become a new landmark for country.
The competition to design Taiwan Tower was jointly won by Dorin Stefan Birou Arhitectura, upgrade.studio and mihai craciun from the US. The winning proposal titled ‘Floating Observatories’ presents a tower which can be compared to a technological tree in its form and function. The architects have used the 'geographical' visual of Taiwan which resembles a leaf as a design launch-pad.
According to the brief, the Taiwan Tower ought to be designed as a freestanding tower of at least 300m height. It should house sightseeing and recreational functions and should stand as a model green building.
The tower has a tree-like silhouette featuring eight leaf-like observatories. The unique form aims to reflect the local symbolism besides serving as a model of green architecture. The dynamic observation decks set in a zeppelin-like elevator formation is engineered to hold 50 to 80 people at a given time. Built from lightweight materials, they are self-sustained by helium balloons and are erected vertically in a strong electro-magnetic field.
The tower has been designed to house an information centre, a museum, office and conference space, restaurants, and fixed observation decks. The architects have taken care to spread all these programmes along the height of the tower. This has helped in minimising the structure's footprint on land.
The tower's unique figure has helped the architects in exploring the 'chimney effect' for the natural ventilation of various functional areas. Electrical energy will be produced by a system of axial turbines, which are located along the vertical central core. Additional energy supply has been generated by the skin of the tower, which is integrated with adjustable photovoltaic panels.
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