Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils the Design of the Firms First Building in Taiwan

New York, October 14, 2014 – Richard Meier & Partners is proud to announce the beginning of construction of their first project in Taiwan. The new Taichung Condominium Tower developed by Fubon Land will be a luxury residential building and is intended to become a modern landmark that captures the essence of the new and growing urban context of Taichung, Taiwan.

The Taichung Condominium Tower site is located in the center of Taichung City in close vicinity to key civic buildings including the new Taichung City Hall, the Opera House, and the Convention Center. It is surrounded by a mixture of high and low-rise commercial and residential buildings and large public parks. Prominently positioned to have a vantage point of the new city center of Taichung, the site is bounded by the Shizheng Road promenade to the north and Wenxin 1st Road to the south.

Dukho Yeon, Associate Partner, comments: “The Owners’ commitment to this project allowed us to craft a very special building unique to this site and the City of Taichung, inspired and energized by the vibrant modern culture of Taiwan. The design of the tower embodies our core principles of lightness and transparency. It is always a pleasure to work with professionals that share our attention to uncompromising quality, vision and goals.”

The Taichung Condominium Tower is designed to be a striking addition to the city’s skyline. It will represent an iconic image for Taiwan’s future. Distinct and visible from long distances by day and night, it is a synthesis of innovative and elegant architecture, providing exclusive and unique homes with both generous views towards the city and intimate spaces for urban living.

Vivian Lee, Associate Partner, comments: “We approached the design of this residential tower as a unique opportunity to deliver a beacon to the city center, with a tailor-made solution incorporating the firm’s meticulous consideration to details, finishes, and materials while following our ideals of site, order and the use of natural light. The Taichung Condominium Tower is refined and pure, providing a living environment of exceptional aesthetic elegance and comfort.”

The design comprises two distinct towers; a North Tower and a South Tower with different heights connected by a common core. The formal, ordered and geometric North Tower, addresses the larger city scale to the north, while the more expressive and sculptural form of the South Tower defines the main entrance to the building and relates to the smaller scale residential fabric to the south. In addition to the lobby, the three lower floors will contain various amenity spaces for the residents of the building, including a swimming pool, fitness center, lounge, massage rooms, and Western and Chinese banquet rooms.

The main facade of the South Tower is articulated with a gently curved white translucent glass screen, which provides privacy and filters daylight into the building, and allows unobstructed views from within the interior spaces. Overlays of transparent and translucent screens, as well as solar shading systems such as louvers, combine with solid surfaces to modulate varying degrees of exposure to the sun and of privacy. Natural light is carefully controlled for views and orientation, both in terms of how the building is perceived from its surroundings throughout the day, and in order to maximize daylight and views from within the interior spaces. The architectural expression of the podium, balconies, large scale screen walls, terraces, and voids offer a composition of light, shadows, various scales and depth.

Richard Meier comments: “We are delighted to unveil the design of our first project in Taiwan and we are honored to be part of the dynamic architectural vibrancy of Taichung. The new tower responds to the scale of city’s existing fabric while sustaining the modern architectural dialogue which we continue to refine and explore throughout our work. We truly believe that the building will become a prominent new addition in Taichung’s city center and will embody our commitment to quality and timeless architecture.”

A communal Sky Garden on the sixteenth floor of the North Tower provides a dramatic viewing promontory for residents to share and enjoy, creating an open and direct connection between the interior of the tower, and the vibrant urban setting of the site. Construction of the building is already underway and is set for completion in 2018.

Fubon Land comments: “Richard Meier & Partners delivered an exceptional design for our new residential tower in the center of Taichung and we know it will set new standards for luxury living in Taiwan. Each unit will have commanding views of the city’s panorama and afford flexibility in creating a personalized living environment within the Richard Meier signature design. The synergy amongst the consultants of the design team has been a positive one and this tremendous collaborative effort will make this project a success.”

Notes to the Editor
Major Building Materials: Unitized glass curtain wall, white aluminum rainscreen wall panels, one-way vision glass
Program: 110 luxury residential apartments with various amenity spaces
Building Height: 163.80 meters
Floors: 39 Residential | 2 Amenities | 6 Parking
Site Area: 4,620 s.m.
Floor Area: 94,052 s.m. gross total
Expected Completion Date: March 2018

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.

Recent work includes one of the most sustainable office and research buildings in Europe for Italcementi in Bergamo, Italy; the headquarters in Hamburg for the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe; the Jesolo Lido Condominium in Jesolo, Italy; the first office project in the Czech Republic built on a speculative basis to receive the highest LEED certification; and the United States Courthouse in San Diego, California. We currently have new projects in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

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.

About Fubon Land
Founded in 1978, Fubon Land has over the years upheld the spirit of innovation and continues to actively pursue financial growth, laying a solid foundation in the real estate and construction industry. In the 21st century, Fubon Construction will gain momentum in transforming into a management company and in strengthening the integration of Fubon Group resources.

In addition to its commitment to sustain and contribute to the design excellence of projects such as luxury residential buildings, commercial real estate, hospitality complexes and other large developments, Fubon Land will also be vigorously involved in improving public works and community planning, enhancing the quality of people’s lives and workplace.

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