If you've ever been to Taiwan, you'll probably agree that this design for Chinatrust Bank's headquarters is spot on for the region. Taiwan is so lush and green — the extensive allowance for green roofs, vertical courtyards, and open space in the central plaza likely blends right in to the terrain. Designed by the LA office of NBBJ, with the assistance of local firm Fei & Cheng Associates, the development includes a 30-story headquarters building, 21-story commercial office building, 10-story hotel, and four-level retail center. The development just broke ground earlier this month and will end up with 2.5 million square feet by about 2012.
An NBBJ press release indicates that Chinatrust Bank is benchmarking the Taiwanese equivalent of about a LEED NC Gold. Some of the green features of the complex include the following:
- Designed to take advantage of natural site and climate features
- Designed to optimize passive solar opportunities
- Green roof gardens reduce rainwater runoff and urban heat island effect
- Office tower facades will feature intelligent curtainwall technology, which combined with narrow floorplates, floor-to-ceiling glass, and automatic sensors, maximize natural interior light
- A combination of sustainable design features will reduce energy consumption
All in all, Chinatrust Bank complex features handsome buildings with efficient floorplates, all maximized with the latest in green technology and sustainable design practices. It'll be interesting to see the completed project in 2012.
First noticed at Bustler.
Rendering credits: NBBJ.