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Home Competitions Open Competitions Taiwan Tower Conceptual Design International Competition

Sponsor: Taichung City Governmnet

Type: Open, one-stage, international, not anonymous


Location: Taichung, Taiwan


Language: English, Chinese


Fee: None



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


Design Challenge:
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.


Submission Requirements:

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:


A. Taiwan Tower functional schemes and design concepts.
B. Spatial design concepts for main spaces.
C. Site plan and circulation design concepts.
D. Design Drawings, include:
(A) Site Plan
(B) Main floor plans, elevations, and sections
(C) Perspective drawings
E. Green architecture, energy saving, and green energy design concepts.
F. Structure and HVAC system framework design concepts.
G. Taiwan tower and main spaces exterior and interior material planning.
H. Preliminary construction budget estimation.

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.

3D Animation: (The participant may decide to provide the item according to his/her own choice.)In DVD format. Duration shall not exceed 3 minutes in principle.

CD-ROM / DVD-ROM: (please provide 1 copy)
Content must include digital files of the Design Proposal and Design Drawings.
Files should be in PDF format. The content of hard and electronic copies shall be identical.
Design Drawings should be in JPG format; resolution shall not be lower than 300 dpi.


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