21st Century Oasis is the stunning proposal by Japanese practice Sou Fujimoto Architects in collaboration with Taiwanese firm Fei & Cheng Associates that won first prize last year in the Taiwan Tower International Competition for Taichung City.
The tower’s structural frame derives its form from the Banyan tree, and is comprised of columns that allow light through in an effect similar to sunlight through tree branches. The perimeter and intermediate columns will be both vertical and leaning, which will allow them to resist lateral loads due to wind or earthquakes. A central conical column will reach all the way to the 300-meter-high roof-top garden. The façade will be filled lights that can be organic and subtle or bright and jubilant, depending on the need.
21st Century Oasis will also be fitted with a number of sustainable strategies, including rainwater harvesting, solar hot water panels, wind turbines, a desiccant air-handling unit, and natural ventilation.