This research institute in Taiwan is wrapped in a vortex-like skin made of 4000 aluminum fins. The building, designed in collaboration between Noiz Architects and Bio Architecture Formosana, celebrates the country's industrial innovation.
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is located at Central Taiwan Innovation and Research Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan. It is expected to become the central facility of the Science Park to be built in this region. Noiz Architects and Bio Architecture Formosana won the competition to design the building in 2010. During the development phase, the project site had to be relocated once during the design development phase, and the construction finally completed in September 2014.
The architects designed a veil-like facade layer composed of 4000 fins installed over the curtain walls. The double skin hides maintenance spaces and enables future addition of pipes and ducts without compromising the appearance of the building. The team ran various computer simulations to reach the final pattern and determine optimal densities and angles of the fins.
The facade was initially conceived as a movable layer based on a simple mechanical system with embedded electric motors that control the movement of the fins. Noiz and ARUP worked on the proposal for this kinetic facade system which was eventually abandoned due to construction costs.
Photos by Daici Ano