Taipei's new luxury high-rise is doing the twist

The luxury high-rise, which is designed to conserve energy, save water and suck up carbon emissions in downtown Taipei, is on track for completion next year.
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Taipei's twisting green tower is on track for completion in the second quarter of next year. The Tao Zhu Yin Yuan (陶朱隱園) is a luxury high-rise designed to conserve energy, save water and suck up carbon emissions in downtown Taipei.

It is also a consummate work of art, from its twisting helical structure to the luxuriant vegetation that springs from every balcony to its private park.

Even its ground-floor lobby, a cylindrical space that rises six meters, aims to be a Taipei landmark.

Taiwanese designer Chu Chih-Kang (朱志康), the man behind "the world's most beautiful bookstore," is using the traditional Chinese concept of shan-shui ("mountain water") to create a unique art installation you can walk right into.

Chu designed Fangsuo Bookstore in Chengdu, named one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world by Architectural Digest.

He said that achieving a sustainable and enduring residential building like Tao Zhu Yin Yuan was not about injecting what was fashionable, adding furnishings or pursuing the luxurious or the minimalist.

Rather, the structure's artistry should strive for naturalness, Chu said.

"Everything that mankind creates is a part of nature, and buildings are no exception. Everything on Earth, over the course of hundreds of millions of years, grows, ages, is destroyed, reborn and ceaselessly reincarnated, circulated endlessly like wind and water," he said in a statement.

"Traditional Chinese architecture likes to bring natural elements such as mountains and waters indoors -- this (impulse) produced indoor gardens and potted plants and even landscape paintings."

"We too are bringing mountain and water into Tao Zhu Yin Yuan's ground-floor lobby. With copper structures in the interior, we follow the lines of Taipei's wind and water and gradually create change and natural growth to show the beauty of life."

Chu's Chinese landscape design concept for Tao Zhu Yin Yuan has been recognised by the internationally acclaimed GAA Foundation and will be showcased at the Venice Art Biennale.

Located in the heart of Xinyi District, Tao Zhu Yin Yuan affords panoramic views of the Taipei 101 skyscraper and the Central Business District to inhabitants of its 40 living spaces.

It is built for exceptional shock insulation, long building life and fire resistance that is greater than required by law, with partial structure endurance of up to three hours.