Sponsor: Taichung City Governmnet
Type: Open, one-stage, international, not anonymous
Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Language: English, Chinese
Open internationally to architects, design professionals, and schools of architecture, individually or in teams.
21 October 2010 – Registration deadline
02 November 2010 – Submissions deadline
04-05 November 2010 – Jury session
05 November 2010 – Announcement of winners
First Prize – US $130,000 (NT $4,000,000)
Second Prize – US $65,000 (NT $2,000,000)
Third Prize – US $16,000 (NT $500,000)
Five Honorable Mentions – US $3,200 each (NT $100,000)
Ten Merit Awards – Certificate of Award
Yucheng Ann (Taiwan) – Dean of College of Design, Shih-Chien University
J.J. Pan (Taiwan) – Principal, J.J. Pan and Partners, Architects and Planners
Marcos Cruz (UK) – Director, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL
David Tseng (Taiwan) – Architecture Professor, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Craig Hodgetts (USA) – Director, Hodgetts+Fung Design and Architecture
Junjieh Wang (Taiwan) – Media artist
Watanabe Kunio – President, Structural Design Group
To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the founding of Taiwan, R.O.C. and celebrate the merger between Taichung County and Taichung City, the government of Taiwan, R.O.C. will erect “Taiwan Tower” as an important landmark in the new special municipality. Here, visitors will be treated to a panoramic view of the park, the city and the natural surroundings. The new landmark, envisioned to have a similar programatic function as the Eiffel or CN Tower, will also help visitors and residents orient themselves as Taichung makes the leap to become a world-class metropolis.
The budget of the tower is NT $4,000,000,000, or approximately US $125,000,000.
Taiwan Tower is to be located at the southern tip of Central Park, which is part of the former Taichung (Shuinan) Airport site, Taichung city. It will become a vista at the southern end of a major boulevard. Measuring approximately one hectare, the site is situated across from the Economic and Trade Park to the north. The project will comprise of Taiwan Tower and the Museum of Taichung City Development.
Though not aiming to compete in height with other towers of the world, in principle the observatory of Taiwan Tower should provide visitors with a view of the Taiwan Strait. The height is planned to be at least 300 meters. In addition, the site context and local architectural character should be integrated with 21st-Century building technology to symbolize the new Taiwan spirit. Taiwan Tower should also answer its call for environment responsibility and adopt the use of alternative energy. In implementing the government’s policies in energy conservation and carbon reduction, Taiwan Tower will act as a model of green building for the 21st century.
Thus, an international competition will be held to seek a forward-looking and innovative design and enliven the project with a fresh look and multifunctional use. Outstanding design teams from home and abroad are cordially invited to contribute pioneering planning and design ideas.
Preliminary Design Concept Report (Contents shall be in A1 size (594mm X 840mm), not exceeding six (6) pages (Please number each drawing) in principle. Please provide one copy.), the contents shall at least include:
Participant’s Profile (Contents shall be in A3 size (297mm X 420mm), not exceeding four (4) pages in principle. Please provide one copy.), the contents shall at least include: name of the participant and brief introduction, education and experiences, and representative projects.
For more information, go to: www.TwTower.com.tw