ACPV ARCHITECTS Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, together with Continental Development Corporation, has been chosen by Taiwan’s National Housing and Urban Regeneration Center as the winner of the architectural competition to design the ‘Flame Tree Twin Towers’ urban regeneration project in Taipei, Taiwan. Located in the Daan District, one of the city’s most important educational, commercial and cultural districts, the project will become a new landmark of Dunhua Road, a major tree-lined arterial that connects Taipei’s north and south.
The mixed-use project comprises two high-rise towers: an office building with 21 floors above ground, and a residential building with 25 floors above ground, both to be built on a site area of 7,179 square meters, between Dunhua South Road and Leye Street. The design of the towers has been conceived with a close attention to local life and the urban context. For a unified and harmonious urban ecosystem, the design took inspiration from the area’s flame trees, typical to the surrounding roads, and known for changing the color of their bloom for all four seasons.
The Flame Tree Twin Towers respond to the ever-changing needs of residents, office workers and the wider local community. The urban regeneration project fosters a new model of urban living by creating new flexible spaces for a community center, indoor workshops, public and private childcare centers, and a new multi-level public square that encourages social exchange. At the foot of the towers, a seamless sequence of green gardens, balconies and terraces allow building users to experience nature, private and public spaces while at work or at home.
The new buildings have been designed according to the highest standards of environmental and social sustainability, targeting LEED Gold certification and WELL Gold certification. It is estimated that the total annual carbon reduction of the buildings can reach 630 tons, which is equivalent to planting 52,500 trees. With construction expected to be completed in 2029, the Flame Tree Twin Towers will not only add a new landmark to the skyline of Taipei, but the project will also offer more diverse, balanced, and sustainable forms of living in the city.