The Dutch bureau MVRDV has presented a project for the regeneration of the Taipei Central Station area and the superstructure directly above the existing buildings of multifunctional skyscrapers 337 m and 280 m high.
Twin Towers should appear in the Zhongzheng district, where government buildings are concentrated. The site itself unites the metro, and the express line to the airport, and the railway infrastructure, and parks and public areas that are not very popular with tourists today. To create a new point of attraction, to turn the uninspiring and uninteresting station territory into an important business center worthy of a modern metropolis is one of the main tasks of the project.
Two skyscrapers are folded as if from parts of a children's designer set deliberately carelessly, with an offset. Moreover, in the lower part, small modules are used, commensurate with the surroundings, they are grouped around the internal atriums. And already at the top more impressive and cumbersome “cubes” appear. The multimedia screens on the facades will broadcast a video reflecting the function of a particular block.
The total area of the complex will be about 434 thousand square meters. m. The lower tiers will be occupied by various shops, and higher will be offices, two hotels, two cinemas. The east tower is more youth-oriented and trendy, while the west will bring together luxury brands and services.
Outdoor landscaped roof terraces are also planned. They and the blocks of the lower twenty floors will be connected by external escalators, with the help of which the architects plan to create separate entrances and set several thematic routes: entertainment, culture, sports, food, etc. Finally, a pedestrian bridge will connect the skyscrapers with the station building itself. Team led by Winnie Mas proposed two options for solving this component of the project at once: the bridge may turn out to be straight, cutting through the entire section, or it may go close to the facades, combining various routes.