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Taipei Zhongshan District Changan Duan 345 Office Tower by Aedas

Project name:
Taipei Zhongshan District Changan Duan 345 Office Tower
Architecture firm:
Taipei, PRC
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Principal architect:
Dr. Andy Wen, Global Design Principal; Yijun Qian, Executive Director
Design team:
Built area:
21,644 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Highwealth Construction Co., Ltd.
Commercial › Mixed-use Development

A glittering waterfall in Taipei. Aedas Global Design Principal Dr. Andy Wen and Executive Director Yijun Qian led the team to create a waterfall-like office tower in a prime location near Taipei Arena. With rich Taiwanese office characteristics, it is designed to be a contemporary building with a focus of urban texture, architecture and people.

The tower enjoys an excellent urban interface as well as a convenient transport connection, as it is located in the junction of major roads namely Fuxing North Road and Section 2 of Changan East Road. The square plot is only 15 minutes away from the landmarks including Taipei 101 and Chiang Kaishek Memorial Hall. ‘Adopting the aesthetics of simplicity and authentic culture, the tower drew inspiration from the Shifen Waterfall in Taipei. The motion of waterfall is perfectly captured to the bold architectural form, creating a partially undulating façade that glitters in the city.’ Andy describes. The form flows as the waterfall, creating a dynamic shape for the tower with a cascading silhouette to optimise the massing and site area.

The sinuous façades with soft edges are expressed in coppery panels as the main façade element, whilst the dark tawny panels are displayed through an inwardly concave arc to create a glass wall of contrasting colours. To minimise the light pollution and to create an energy-efficient building, a semi-exposed framing curtain wall is adopted by using glass panels of reflectance less than 0.25.

Extending the fluid façade into the landscape and entrance area, white and light grey floorings are used. A recreational communal space is created with seats and greenery, hence creating a serene office environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The lobby greets the staff and visitors by using streamlined white marble wall and bronze fins which create a modern arrival experience.

A flexible office layout consists of an outdoor balcony and rooftop garden, bringing the nature in and providing a relaxing outdoor space for interaction. The design provides a biophilic and blurred exterior- interior public space, ensuring a people-centric working environment that people can strike a balance between work and recreation.

‘The tower marks itself as an urban icon with a simple yet powerful architectural form. It makes a strong statement on the skyline, especially with a unique urban context and aesthetics in the city.’ Yijun says.

About Aedas

Aedas is the world’s only local and global architecture and design practice driven by global sharing of research, local knowledge and international practice. Our 1,100 creative minds with design studios across the globe create world-class design solutions with deep social and cultural understanding of the communities we design for. We create world-class design solutions that are tailored to the needs of cities and communities around the world.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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