This is a public space in a high rise building, including reception and reading space. Leisure and entertainment include a fitness space and outdoor swimming pool, etc. surrounded by landscaped pools and deeply planted natural green slopes.
The property is close to the Tainan landmark Yuguang Island, which is known for its ecological diversity. Migratory birds come to visit as the seasons' change. This combined with the environment create a very close-to-nature atmosphere. Bringing nature back to the city through architecture aids the sustainable development cause that every architect needs to live by. We do this by blending the immediate environment with that of the habitat at the location.
Water being a key natural element in Taiwan, it is something embraced in every project. The outer landscape pool surrounds the building, so when this air passes over the water, it naturally reduces the temperature of it when it hits the building. We used floor to ceiling glass which maintains the connection with the environment while reducing the impact of the abundant sunlight.
There is plenty of shadow created due to the structure and other mechanisms. This is not only because of the strategic use of glass but also because of the physical suspended elements of the project. The public spaces use the difference modules to import light. The space has a different appearance of light and shadow over time with a light-permeable glass encompassing it. Viewed from the outside, pedestrians can appreciate the different elevations which create the feeling of community. The fusion of natural and artificial light allows people to use the space to interact with the green environment.
The swimming pool is designed with the growth of natural trees to make use of shade and nature. Next to the swimming pool, a lounge bar allows users to interact. Spatial differences and the natural environment landscape have a good dialogue, giving people an opportunity to explore the natural environment in the building.
The public space is multifunctional and includes a communal kitchen, restaurant and storage area. There is also a retail space that could be used for something the community needs in the future.