Belgium-based firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures is currently completing a residential structure Tao Zhu Yin Yuan in the heart of the urban networks of Xinyin District, Taipei. The innovative concept of sustainable residential eco-construction was conceived to limit the ecologic footprint of its inhabitants by researching the right symbiosis between the human being and the nature.
Engineered in accordance with the Taiji Philosophy, Tao Zhu Yin Yuan tower is directly inspired by the structure in double helix of the DNA. There are 20 inhabited floors in double helix that stretch themselves and twist themselves at 90 degrees and contain 42 apartments. The tower, which will be planted with 23,000 trees, is eco-designed to represent the integration of Climate, Landscape and Architecture. he landscape, designed by SWA from San Francisco, reinforces the spiraling movement of the tower by a continuum between the landscape balconies, the garden on ground floor and the seismic joint in circular shape all around the basement. The central core houses a staircase and multiple high-speed and high-capacity elevators.
With the hyper-flexibility of the typical storey free of columns and shafts, all the interior layouts are possible. For example, it is possible to locate the living spaces longitudinally along the south facade, transversally along the core or in the axis of the apartment or in double height. All the layouts are always in connexion with the surrounding suspended gardens. For the swimming pool and the fitness center located in B1, for the parking levels and for the entrance lobby at ground floor,it is for each facilities the same philosophy to strengthen the indoor/outdoor connectivities with the nature.
Tao Zhu Yin Yuan will offer variety of amenities, like “sky garage” parking in each unit, a swimming pool, and a fitness center, all naturally lit and ventilated.