Vincent Callebaut to design Bionic Arch skyscraper in Taiwan

14 September 2011 (Last Updated September 14th, 2011 18:30)

Belgian architecture firm Vincent Callebaut Architecture has won a green design competition commissioned by Taichung, Taiwan, to design the Bionic Arch skyscraper to mark the country's 100th anniversary. The skyscraper is part of the Taichung Gateway – Active Gateway City project to cr

Belgian architecture firm Vincent Callebaut Architecture has won a green design competition commissioned by Taichung, Taiwan, to design the Bionic Arch skyscraper to mark the country’s 100th anniversary.

The skyscraper is part of the Taichung Gateway – Active Gateway City project to create a green and innovative area in Taichung.

The building has been designed with the threat of earthquakes, typhoons and terrorist attack in mind.

The building will have the ability to resist to the largest earthquakes as the beams are made of resin, designed with plasticisation, isolator floor, visco-elastic dampers, bracing frame structure to withstand high-intensity tremors.

The bionic and aerodynamic shape of the tower is will reduce wind impact and accelerate it in the direction of the three vertical wind turbines in order to minimise structural vibration.

The $85bn project will be 100% self-sufficient with CO2 zero-emission, integrated vertical forests and landscaping as well as living façades on the walls and elevated gardens.

The building will produce both solar and wind energy as well as using botanical and bio-technologies to provide power to the building’s residents.

The building will have a height of 119m, making it the tallest in Central Taiwan.