Architecture consists of many systems: structural, MEP, HVAC, fire engineering, lighting, vertical circulation, interior, and facade. In most designs, these systems are visible only during the construction process. After completion, the interior finishes conceal these systems. This project integrates these systems as part of the entire design, presenting them to the public wherever possible.
The complex architectural form asks for an optimal structural system for the building. This meant a robust and versatile structure, with sufficient strength and stiffness to resist Taipei’s high seismicity. The structural concept is surprisingly simple: the faces of the cube were mobilised as a laterally and torsionally stiff braced steel box carrying almost all the building’s lateral loads and much of the gravitational force. The friction pendulum isolators are located in an undercroft beneath the basement; the seismic joint permits lateral movement of up to 700 mm.