Scientific research unites with the public landscape in Studio Shift’s honorable mention submission for Taiwan’s Center for Disease Control. Cited as a gateway to the future development of the Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park, the CDC literally reaches out via its architectural design, through two central arms which welcome the public into its lush garden landscape. The footprint of the building adds nearly as much green space as it occupies, through the addition of a massive landscaped roof, accessible by a recreational path that links to the grounds below. In addition, views from the path invite the public to peek into the inner happenings of the CDC, which is constantly working to be a cooperative with the public it serves.
As suspected, Inhabitat returnee Studio Shift has included a plethora of sustainable systems throughout their design for Taiwan’s new Center for Disease Control – including solar power collection, solar shading devices, geothermal technology, reclamation strategies, natural landscaping, and overall energy optimization. Studio Shift made certain that their submission integrated many properties from the site to make it more energy efficient. They sum up the union of science and architecture in the journey toward progress stating, “…the architecture of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control must embody the same fervor and determination found in its researchers’ quest for scientific progress. It must also promote connectivity and cohesion within the scientific community at large while opening its arms to the public which it serves.”