Gallery: Pixelated Apartment Complex Maximizes Light and Green Space

 
Pixelated designs are apparently in vogue now, and BIG adds to the typology with Taipei City Wall, a community tower composed of stacked apartment blocks. BIG arranged the layout of the boxes in a way that maximizes the site area in order to provide more light for each residence and access to green space as well as recreational areas. The result is a residential complex with significant urban density that still retains many of the suburban qualities that some covet, like access to open space and lots of light.

Currently in progress, the Taipei City Wall will make use of an 82,000 sq meter site in Taiwan. The design process for the residential complex envisioned a series of boxes stacked upon one another, leaving gaps between each box to let in light and encourage natural ventilation. BIG first stacked the boxes linearly and vertically, then condensed the tower in an accordion fashion, leaving behind a three-dimensional checkerboard facade.

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  1. farah November 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

    hi …. i just want to ask if the progect will be real ? and when ? than u

  2. Garden City K66 is a Pi... September 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

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    [...] the rehabilitation of the coastal city, and Herzog & de Meuron just unveiled an open and airy apartment development located in the central district. Beirut Terraces, seen over at Dezeen, is a composed of a series of [...]

  4. dgull July 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Le Corbusier Proposed this in \\\”Towards a New Architecture\\\” with the Immeuble Villas. But that was in 1922. We\\\’ve come a long way.

    http://www.borxu.com/cmap/Immeubles%20Villas.jpg

  5. Stewart July 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    This is a nice example of the potential of cheap, 100% recyclable pre-fabricated structures.

    One note – saying that these retain “many of the suburban qualities that some covet” is laughable, unless your comment is specific to Taiwan (which I know little about). Here in the States, there’s absolutely nothing in these a suburbanite wants; to think otherwise is to misunderstand why people live in the suburbs (it’s not for the shared greenspace, or for the interior light…)

  6. Eric Hunting July 16, 2010 at 11:42 am

    The potential evolvability of this design intrigues me, since I\’m of the opinion that it is an anachronism that any building should be thought of as having a single purpose throughout its lifespan. Though this is ostensibly a residential complex, here we see a building as an urban landscape formed from largely functionally generic units that could readily evolve and adapt not only to suit varying dwelling configurations within each block along with the aesthetic tastes of the inhabitants, but also evolving in function as urban lifestyle evolves. One could easily imagine this structure as one of P.M.\’s Bolos; an eco-village complex that evolves these simple blocks into a vast assortment of functional living, work, education, and play facilities. The one flaw in presenting this concept is that the designers did not explore this potential diversity of use and customization at the block-level, but then the project was intended as a mere housing complex and not a more sophisticated community. Real estate developers remain a century behind the curve.

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