Taipei Nanshan Plaza

Located in the southern edge of Xinyi district in Taiwan, the Taipei Nanshan Plaza is part of the government’s new urban plan to encourage cityscape-conscious developments that promote a business centre with a range of amenities, such as shopping, arts facilities and international exhibition spaces.

The 272-metre-tall tower stands adjacent to Taipei 101, the tallest building Taiwan, on a long, thin site, measuring 100 by 270 metres. To attract visitors from the shopping district to the north-end, the team proposed the new landmark tower with a podium—to form a set with Taipei 101 and create a new city skyline.

The tower primarily comprises offices, with restaurants on the top three floors and Taiwan’s first rooftop bar at its peak. Its architectural design is inspired by the image of two hands joined in a prayer of thanks and peace.

Adjoining the tower on both sides are a low-rise retail annex and a multipurpose cultural hall, linking the tower to the surrounding neighbourhood. The symbolic hands inspiration is repeated in both buildings’ design, expressing the spirit of creation.

The retail annexe comprises three large cubes offset in alternating layers, like hands placed atop each other. Its façade is covered with a three-dimensional cast-stainless-steel motif of plum blossoms, the national flower of Taiwan. The cultural entrance annexe has a trussed shell whose sculptural form invites people in with outstretched hands. — Construction+ Online

Project Name: Taipei Nanshan Plaza
Location: Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Completion Date: January 2018
Site Area: 17,708 square metres
Total Floor Area: 192,891.35 square metres
Architecture Firm: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc; Archasia Design Group
Structural Engineer: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc; Evergreen Consulting Engineering, Inc
Mechanical Engineer: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc; GHIA Engineering Consultants Co; Jiesheng HVAC Engineering; Yuan Dah Fire Fighting Engineering Co Ltd; Ming Shuei Engineering
Lighting Design: CMA Lighting Design
Construction Supervision: Archasia Design Group
FFE Coordinator: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc
Art Coordination: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc
Project Management: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc; Archasia Design Group
Images: Shinkenchiku-sha; Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei