Xylem Tower is a 400m tall observation structure located in the new development area of Taichung city. It is a part of large masterplan design, set in earlier organized competition. The brief asked for the observatory platform tall enough to see the sea behind city’s hills as well as to become the main cultural icon of Taiwan. One of the parameters for design and its driving force was sustainability which was implemented by intricacy of vertical shape and form. The tower serves as energy generator with it’s chimney effect and interior voids. The complex facade and the twist of general volume are working together as double helix structural system developed with Bollinger-Grohmann engineers. Also, as the brief requested museum in the base, this proposal experimented with indoor and outdoor galleries and gardens distributed across the entire height of the building, thus allowing full height experience for local visitors and tourists.
with Kelvin Chu, Jiri Matura, Ondrej Tichy, Jurgen Strohmayer
Bollinger-Grohmann, Frankfurt (Alexander Berger, Sascha Bohnenberger, Klaus Leiblein, Simon Ruppert)
MEP systems: Henry Woon