Best Tall Building 100-199 meters Award of Excellence: Sky Green, Taichung

Jay Chang
Golden Jade Construction & Development Corp, Taichung

Pearl Chee
WOHA Architects, Singapore

Air-Cleansing and Carpeted in Green

The mixed-use Sky Green is located in the densely developed and vibrant Nantun District of Taichung, Taiwan situated on a site made up of two rectangular plots, one facing the main city thoroughfare, Gongyi Road, and the other facing Daying Street, a quieter secondary street. Fully ensconced in greenery in the form of 19 skygardens and 142 balcony displays, the development’s 60,000 trees and shrubs, as well as 21 creeper plants, drape every orientation of the twin towers in landscaping, acting as a living interface between the interior and exterior environment, and between the building and the urban environment. To facilitate effective shading, both towers have deeply recessed windows. The façade of Tower A features cantilevered, protruding balconies with trees and Tower B’s façade is characterized by mesh screens that serve as a trellis for green creeper plants and shade the building from sun. In pursuit of the creation of a true “sky village,” residents have access to ample communal spaces like a library, urban farm, and other recreation facilities for indoor and outdoor activities, with a community plot ratio of 175 percent.

There are six main apartment types with 16 sub-types available to ensure variety. The layouts of the apartments are designed to enable natural cross-ventilation, thereby minimizing the reliance on air-conditioning, and reducing overall energy consumption. Large sky-terraces every five floors within both towers extend the living space of residents from indoors to outdoors, breaking down the tall structure to a domestic scale and echoing the charming Gongyi Road by activating the street frontage with retail shops.

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