New York, September 22, 2015 – Richard Meier & Partners is proud to unveil the new CDC “55 Timeless” Xin-Yi Residential Tower in Taipei, Taiwan. Commissioned as an urban landmark by Continental Development Corporation, the tower rises 127 meters and will set a precedent in Taiwan as a private building that dedicates its entire landscape to the public realm.
The building is currently under construction and on target to complete the superstructure by the end of this year with an opening expected in 2017.
The design of the tower is based upon geometric clarity and an openness that are reflected in its horizontal and vertical organization. The building consists of two complimentary volumes, a transparent south volume and a solid north volume. The relationship between these two main elements is emphasized through a subtle shift in both plan and elevation creating a dynamism and variation in scale that responds to the immediate urban environment.
The solid north volume contains the core of the residential units that flows towards the transparent south volume which is a natural light-filled space where living, social and the more public programs are located. A carefully crafted geometric organization allows viewing corridors towards the mountains in the far distance.
Richard Meier comments: “Natural light is a very important element of the CDC “55 Timeless” Xin-Yi Residential Tower and the architectural grid helps to bring all the elements of the building into a rational organization so that all of these elements are interrelated both horizontally and vertically. This by consequence affects the structure and the detailing of the building bringing everything into a harmonious whole.
As a city rooted in tradition, as well as one of the global hubs in technological innovation, Taipei encapsulates the history of Taiwan. We hope this building will contribute to the vitality and the public life of the city center.”
The massing and proportions of the building are in harmony with the existing context, creating a lower and upper tower volume. The lower part of the building will have two apartments per floor and the upper portion is designed for one large apartment unit per floor. Luxury amenities, including an exterior swimming pool and roof deck, are located on the top floors of the tower with views towards Taipei 101.
This building aims to contribute to the continuing growth of the Xin-Yi district as well as to the city of Taipei, a modern and vibrant urban center in Asia.
Notes to the Editor
Major Building Materials: Unitized glass curtain wall, aluminum metal panels, and clear low iron glass
Program: 43 luxury residential apartments with amenity spaces
Building Height including roof: 127.00 meters (416 ft)
Floors: 29 Residential | 2 Amenities | 4 Parking
Site Area: 3,500m² (37,673 sf)
Floor Area: 25,931.47m² gross total (279,124 sf)
About Richard Meier & Partners Architects
The work of Richard Meier & Partners is instantly recognizable and internationally respected. For over five decades, we have been appointed to create important public and private buildings. Our offices in New York and Los Angeles employ a multicultural staff of talented professionals practicing architecture, urbanism, product design and exhibition design. We aspire to thoughtful, elegant contemporary architecture that exceeds our clients’ expectations for beauty and elegance.
Some of the recently completed projects include the Italcementi i.Lab in Bergamo, Italy, the OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse in Shenzhen, China and City Green Court in Prague, Czech Republic. Current work includes a bridge in Alessandria, Italy; an office building in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Teachers Village in Newark, New Jersey; The Surf Club in Surfside, Florida; the Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, Israel; two residential towers in Tokyo, Japan; the Reforma Towers in Mexico City; three residential projects in Taiwan; one hospitality project in South Korea; and private residences in Europe, Asia and North America.
Richard Meier & Partners is led by Richard Meier and six partners – Michael Palladino, James R. Crawford, Bernhard Karpf, Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan and Dukho Yeon – and sustains an international practice with offices in New York and Los Angeles.