Architect Fernando Menis designed a green residential tower for Taipei, Taiwan, that looks like a giant rock populated by vegetation. Called Agora Garden, this tower aims to bring nature into the city and create a dialogue between its cavernous volume and plants growing out of its many niches.
Agora Garden creates a symbiosis of volumes and vegetation. It was inspired by the shape of primitive rocks emerging from the earth, and continues the architects’ interest in organic architecture and natural configurations among their past projects is a church built with volcanic stone. The project was designed as a competition entry in 2010.
The building is supposed to function as a residential tower, but also contains common spaces where neighbors can meet and talk; a club, large swimming pool, and relaxation areas are spread out across the upper floors. The structure comprises four types of apartments distributed across the floors, which are designed to fit different user requirements. Each can be combined with different types of vegetation, and there are parking spaces for private cars on each floor.