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Taiwan Tower Conceptual Design International Competition

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the founding of Taiwan, R.O.C. and celebrate the merger between Taichung County and Taichung City, the Taichung City government will erect “Taiwan Tower” as an important landmark in the new special municipality.

Taiwan Tower should be planned and designed with the environmental characteristics of Taichung in mind and by incorporating traditional building materials. Its name implies the tower should symbolize the “spirit of Taiwan”, the exact definition of which leaves much room for discussion.

This is an international competition open worldwide.

Objective

Though there is no definitive answer or consensus, the “Taiwan Spirit” may be explored from the following angles:

  • Economic Achievements:
    The economic miracle achieved by Taiwan is a world-renown phenomenon. Taiwan’s industries occupy a prominent position in the world, whether they are traditional industries that blossomed in the 70s or the new anchor of telecom and IT industries. The “MIT” (made in Taiwan) brand has also become analogous to high-quality products. This achievement is the fruit of shrewd management by Taiwan’s entrepreneurs and tireless work by Taiwan’s labor force. The motto of Yung-ching Wang, the late founder of Formosa Plastics, describes this spirit most appropriately: “work hard and be thrifty”.
  • Political Achievement:
    The president of the Taiwan region is elected directly by its citizens, and there have been two turnovers of ruling parties in the nation’s democratic history, once in 2000 and again in 2008. Taiwan’s political achievement is a role model for the greater ethnic Chinese communities, making the tag “beacon of democracy”, though coined while the island was still under martial rule, a fitting description.
  • Social Achievement:
    The spirit of “compassion and selfless giving”, coinciding with the mission statement of Taiwan’s leading philanthropic organization of Tsu Chi, aptly stands for the social achievement of Taiwan.
  • Cultural Achievement:
    Five thousand years of Chinese history is manifested in Taiwan not only through the tangible artifact collection of the National Palace, but also intangibly through the art, religions, customs and folk cultures that permeate in every corner of Taiwan’s society. There is nowhere else in the world than Taiwan where Chinese culture has been better preserved.

Prizes

  • One First Prize: NT$ 4,000,000 (Approximately US $130,000)
  • One Second Prize: NT$ 2,000,000 (Approximately US $65,000)
  • One Third Prize: NT$ 500,000 (Approximately US $16,000)
  • Five Honorable Mentions: NT$ 100,000 (Approximately US $3,200) for each
  • Ten Merit Awards: Certificate of Award

The jury may choose not to select any or all winners when it is necessary. The above prizes will be subject to the R.O.C. (Taiwan) income tax and will be withheld by the TCG in accordance with the law of tax.

Rules

  • Participation Methods:
    • Any licensed architect of R.O.C. (Taiwan) or foreign country, alone or in teams.
    • Any design-related company of R.O.C. (Taiwan) or foreign country, alone or in teams.
    • Any design-related department of university of R.O.C. (Taiwan) or foreign country, alone or in teams.
  • One participant can only submit one Proposal Documents for the same competition project.
  • In case that the certificate/license is written in a language other than Chinese or English, please translate it into Chinese or English.

How to enter?

First of all, visit the competition’s official website and download the competition documents. Read them carefully and follow the very specific instructions while preparing the proposal.

Your design proposal should consist of the following elements.

  • Letter of the Acceptance of Registration.
  • General information: Name of Participant, name of responsible person, contact address, telephone number, facsimile number and e-mail.
  • Preliminary Design Concept Report (Contents shall be in A1 size (594mm X 840mm), not exceed six (6) pages (Please number each drawing) in principle. Please provide one copy.), the contents shall at least include:
    • Taiwan Tower functional schemes and design concepts.
    • Spatial design concepts for main spaces.
    • Site plan and circulation design concepts.
    • Design Drawings, include:
      • Site Plan
      • Main floor plans, elevations, and sections
      • Perspective drawings
    • Green architecture, energy saving, and green energy design concepts.
    • Structure and HVAC system framework design concepts.
    • Taiwan tower and main spaces exterior and interior material planning.
    • Preliminary construction budget estimation.
  • Participant’s Profile (Contents shall be in A3 size (297mm X 420mm), not exceed four (4) pages in principle. Please provide one copy.), the contents shall at least include:
    • Name of the participant and brief introduction, education and experiences, and representative projects.
  • 3D Animation: (The participant may decide to provide the item according to his/her own choice.)
    • In DVD format. Duration shall not exceed 3 minutes in principle.
  • CD-ROM / DVD-ROM: (please provide 1 copies)
    Content must include digital files of the Design Proposal and Design Drawings.

    • Files should be in PDF format. The content of hard and electronic copies shall be identical.
    • Design Drawings should be in JPG format; resolution shall not be lower than 300 dpi.

Postal address:

Urban Planning Section, Department of Urban Development,
Taichung City Government,
#99, MinQuan Rd., West District,
Taichung City 40301,
R.O.C. (Taiwan)