WOHA announces the completion of their first project in Taichung, Taiwan. In 2012 WOHA was invited by the Taichung City Government and Feng Chia University to bring its exhibition ‘Breathing Architecture’ to Taichung. This exhibition was part of a programme initiated by the city government’s Gateway Project Masterplan which focused on the design principles of sustainability, low carbon emissions and smart cities. The government was in the process of drafting new regulations to make Taichung a greener and more livable city in its next phase of development.
The developer Golden Jade, with Feng Chia University as an advisor, commissioned WOHA to design a green and sustainable mixed use development in the heart of the city, the first of its kind in Taichung. Sky Green comprises of residential apartments and retail shops, as well as generous recreational facilities within both towers.
We are very happy to have been a part of this collaboration between policy makers, academia and the private sector to design the future of sustainable housing in Taichung. One building can’t change a city but we hope that Sky Green is the first of many more.
Mun Summ Wong, founding director of WOHA.
Green landscaping was a key material palette in creating a building envelope for the rising residential towers as well as bringing nature into the high-rise living. Tower A apartments have extended balconies with trees and Tower B apartments have a soft, green creeper mesh screen on their facade. Sky gardens at every fifth floor within the block dissolve boundaries between interior and exterior as the residents enjoy nature and fresh air in a high-rise environment.
Working with WOHA on Sky Green has brought a global perspective to our company vision and sustainability goals. Sky Green was first conceptualised seven years ago and WOHA came on board a year later. Now, after five years of construction, we are happy to present the outcome of this collaborative effort to you.
D. Zhang, chairman of Golden Jade Corporation.
WOHA has developed their designs for more than 25 years and many prototypes have been successfully built in Singapore and other regions. The design of Sky Green has been adapted to suit the local culture and subtropical climate, as well as to ensure safety during earthquakes and typhoons. As the first high density development in Taichung that also provides high amenity with its generous recreation facilities and ample integrated green spaces, Sky Green will be influential in defining the new benchmark of sustainability and skyrise greenery for the city’s future developments.