BIG completes solar-powered house in Taiwan

BIG  completed the first holiday home at their green-roofed Hualien Wellness & Residential development in Taiwan. Designed to provide a health-conscious and productive community for seniors, the 1,000-square-meter house in the first building on the site features the project’s trademark elements-jagged green roof, solar panels and floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides of the volume. Located on the eastern coast of Taiwan, which has recently seen a dramatic outflux of young people going to larger urban centers in search of better jobs, the project aims to bring older holiday-makers to the region and promote active vacations. Walking public paths planned for the site will meander through the complex and connect various public spaces such as observation points, performance stages, shops, restaurants and healthcare services.

“The angled silhouettes add an almost traditional vernacular feeling of attics and porches in the middle of the dense modern development,” said BIG. The built model home is meant to attract buyers ahead of construction of the rest of the development and act as a proof of concept. The entire complex is expected to complete by 2018.

BIG has just landed another major project – a cross-hatched interlocking tower at the Dreamhub in Seoul, South Korea. To provide enough square footage for the project and meet building height requirements, part of the Cross # Towers building is turned it on its side to create interlocking bridges. These horizontal towers serve as the foundation for green-roofed sky gardens with dramatic views of the urban skyline. BIG has also designed the towers to optimize day lighting for better energy efficiency. According to Thomas Christoffersen, partner in charge at BIG, “The typical tower inherently removes life from the city it occupies. Circulation is linear and social interactions occur only in lobbies or awkward elevator rides. We propose a building that triples the amount of ground floor – triples the amount of social interaction and reintroduces the idea of neighborhood within the tower complex.”

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