Taiwan's third most populous city, Taichung, is quickly establishing itself as a leader in sustainable architecture. MenoMenoPiu Architects and Atelier Castro Denissof are seeking to enhance the city's brand as a progressive metropolis with their Taichung City Cultural Center, which is packed with green roofs and renewable energy.
Although Japanese architecture firm SANAA snapped up the winning bid, we felt that MenoMenoPiu Architects and Atelier Castro Denissof’s inspiring proposal was too good not to share. Located next to the expansive Taichung Gateway Park, the architects envisioned the City Cultural Center as the doorway, or “gradient,” that seamlessly tied together the building and the neighboring landscape. The arrival plaza is oriented for optimal views of the Gateway Park and the Sou Fujimoto-designed Taiwan Tower.
Topped with giant rows of green roofs, the proposed cultural center is entirely powered by renewable energy sources, with wind power generating around 40% of the energy needs. Solar power would produce the rest of the energy needed. To protect visitors from air pollution, the architects created a wind suction system over the roof to inverse air flow and draw in clean air from the neighboring park.
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