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Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

Posted By Tafline Laylin On June 12, 2013 @ 5:28 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery | No Comments

Vincent Callebaut, Möbius’ ring, Swallows Nest, Taichung, Taiwan, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, zero carbon emissions buildings, daylighting, clean tech, BIPV, solar power, photovoltaics, vertical gardens, earthquake proof, typhoon protection, cultural center in Taichung [1]

The Swallows Nest cultural center has a system of moats in the basement level between the floors and walls that stabilizes the building in case of earthquakes. Glass overhangs provide further protection against typhoons. Three vertical gardens [2] climb up the pillars in the vegetated entrance area called the “Endless Patio.” These pillars are separated by slabs with glass-covered joints that allow visitors to see the cores from the ground floor to the roof, which is crowned with a solar array [3].

All of the interior galleries and reading rooms are oriented either towards the Endless Patio or the surrounding city, so there is a constant interaction between the indoors and outdoors. At the same time, the half opaque facade helps to protect the cultural relics housed inside. A host of other state-of-the art renewable communication and information technologies have been incorporated into this complex design, which aspires to be a zero carbon emission [4] structure that will transform Taichung.

+ Vincent Callebaut [5]

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[2] vertical gardens: http://inhabitat.com/tag/vertical-garden/

[3] solar array: http://inhabitat.com/tag/uk-largest-rooftop-solar-array-operator/

[4] zero carbon emission: http://inhabitat.com/tag/zero-carbon-emissions/

[5] + Vincent Callebaut: http://vincent.callebaut.org

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