WINBOND HSINCHU TOWER
Tower of green pockets
Green Pockets are refuge islands of greenery for resting, mingling, brainstorming and meeting. For the high tech workers in the office tower, these informal social spaces provides crucial relieve from the uniform efficiency of cubicles.
Lining the south side of the tower, Green Pockets are vital places for fresh air intake, oxygen production and smiley faces. Expressed as large “flutings” on the exterior, these Green Pockets form the distinctive wavy curtain design of the office tower.
The human-centric wavy form concept resulted in great environmental benefits. As the sun travels across the sky during the day, shifting pockets of shadows are created within the wavy folds of the tower, thereby shielding shifting portions of the curtain wall from direct and continuous solar heat gain. In the winter, the wavy folds become heat pockets. The temperature of the wavy curtain wall thus stays cool in the summer while gaining desired heat in the winter.
The tower houses 19 floors of offices, a dining hall with garden patio, a gym and a yoga studio. On the ground floor, there is a cafe and an exhibition gallery dedicated to environmental awareness and ecological preservation, which are key to the client’s core values.
The highlight of the public programs is a auditorium with a unique wooden roof structure that reinvents the traditional Chinese dougong (squared system of stacked and cantilevered timber structure) with engineered wood. The modernized dougong roof structure resembles a diamond lattice formed by modular 8-point stars nodes with curved ends. These unique star nodes stack and cantilever, achieving greater height and airiness.
scope: architecture and interior
site area: 5,000㎡
floor area: 43,000㎡