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Taipei Twin Towers
臺北雙子星
Alternative namesTáiběi Shuāngzǐxīng
General information
StatusUnder construction
LocationTaipei
CountryTaiwan
Grounds434,000 square metres (4,670,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectMVRDV

The Taipei Twin Towers (Chinese: 台北雙子星大樓; pinyin: Táiběi Shuāngzǐxīng Dàlóu) is a supertall skyscraper development in Taipei, Taiwan. It includes two skyscrapers, the taller is 337 metres (1,106 ft) with 76 floors and the shorter is 280 metres (919 ft) with 56 floors.[1] It's near Taipei Station, Shin Kong Life Tower and Taipei Bus Station. When the complex is complete, it will be the 2nd tallest building in Taipei and 3rd tallest in Taiwan after Taipei 101 and Kaohsiung's 85 Sky Tower. It is estimated to cost NT$12 billion (US$414 million).[2] The two buildings (C1 and D1) were initially expected to open in 2016 and 2017, respectively;[2]however, the project was delayed in 2015 due to a series of complication in the bidding process, which has restarted in 2018.[3]

The skyscrapers have been designed by MVRDV in collaboration with CHY Architecture Urban Landscape to revitalise the central station area in the capital's Zhongzheng District and will be constructed as a pile of blocks, each fronted by screens that will display "major cultural spectacles, sporting events, and advertising", establishing the area as "a Times Square for Taiwan". Designed to be built over the existing station, Taipei Twin Towers' block structure increases in size with each storey, so that the lower levels are a more "human-scale" to complement the surrounding buildings. These lower level blocks will be organised around public atriums and used for retail. Each block will contain a shop. Above, the larger blocks will be occupied by offices, cinemas, and two hotels. The east tower is designed for "young travellers", while the west tower focuses more on "the luxury market". Plant-filled terraces will top the tower's retail storeys, providing meeting and rest places for visitors. They will be accessed by elevated walkways and escalators that connect the lower 20 floors of the building and their surroundings.

Designed to encourage "exploration", MVRDV has divided these walkways into named routes, including entertainment, sport and food, which also provide alternative access to the stores. MVRDV also plans to incorporate an elevated walkway that connects to the existing station, for which there are currently two designs. The Taipei Twin Towers will also see the redevelopment of the existing plazas surrounding the station. MVRDV will introduce a series of structures that reference the history of the site, positioned on former locations of the original station and plaza, and neighbouring houses. These structures will be topped by pergolas, transforming them into shaded platforms for events and other public activities. [4]

The basement of building C1 is the terminus for the Taoyuan Airport MRT.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "MVRDV Designs a Dual Tower Scheme with Interactive Facades for "Times Square" of Taipei". ArchDaily. 2019-01-10. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  2. ^ a b "機場捷運台北站 耗資120億". Yam News. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  3. ^ "台北雙子星 將暫緩開發". China Times. 2015-08-07. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  4. ^ "MVRDV proposes vibrant 'taipei twin towers' clad with interactive media façades". designboom. 2019-01-10. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  5. ^ "機場捷運 臺北車站" (PDF). Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2010-08-03.

Coordinates: 25°02′55″N 121°30′46″E / 25.0487°N 121.5127°E / 25.0487; 121.5127