Hualien is a rapidly developing city located in the middle portion of Taiwan’s East coast.
TLDC, a prominent land developer based in Taipei, has recently obtained license to turn what used to be an industrial and factory region into a world class beach resort.
The site is located prominently along the coast and near the intersection of two river deltas.
Taiwan’s spine of mountains can be seen to the west while the coast is to the east; Hualien city is to the north.
For the masterplan, a language of green landscape stripes is used to create a mountain landscape of commercial and residential program that reflect their natural counterparts in the background.
The stripes run east-west to frame the best views while also becoming an optimal shading system for Taiwan’s hot and humid tropical climate.
High glare, low angle morning and evening sun is effortlessly blocked by the stripes while favorable north-south light is allowed into the units.
Green roofs further mitigate heat gain and combined with the striping create a low energy masterplan. Source by Bjarke Ingels Group.
Location: Hualien, Taiwan
Architects: Bjarke Ingels Group
Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Lange, Finn Nørkjær
Project Managers: Min Ter Lim, André Schmidt, Per Madsen, Andrew Lo
Design Architect: Cat Huang
Project Team: Eric Li, Anu Marjanna Leinonen, Jinho Lee, Kekoa Charlot, Alberto Herzog, Jaime Oliver Galienne, Horia Spirescu, Junjie Yan, Dominic Black, Angelos Siampakoulis, Qianqian Ye, Emily King, Terrence Chen, Nigel Jooren, Dominyka Mineikyte, Miguel Pereira, Alysen Hiller, Xi Chen, Alvaro Garcia Mendive, Steffan Heath, Espen Vik, Chris Beaudin, Johanna Nenander , Romea Muryn , Taylor McNally-Anderson, Andre Schmidt, Andrew Lo, Camila Luise de Andrade Stadler, Christin Svensson, Eivor Davidsen, Hsiao Rou Huang, Lorenzo Boddi, Per Bo Madsen, Ryohei Koike, Sandra Fleismann, Song He, Agnieszka Kwiecien, Ambra Chiesa, Andreas Mullertz, Ying Zhan, Dominik Mrozinski, Eduardo Camarena, Gwendoline Eveillard, Jesafa Templo, Laura Wätte, Lola Conte, Richard John Seymour, Mathias Bank Stigse, Kasper Reimer Hansen, Sigrún Harpa Þórarinsdóttir, Teodor Fratila Cristian, Vinish Sethi, Jakub Wlodarczyk, Jan Magasanik, Jesper Boye Andersen, Jonas Aarsø Larsen, Joos Jerne, Lise Jessen, Manon Otto, Maria Teresa Fernandez Rojo, Richard Teeling, Sebastian Liszka, Sergiu Calacean, Xin Su, Beatrice Melli, Frederik Wegener, Ioana Fartadi Scurtu, Joanna Anna Jakubowska, Luca Senise, Lucas Carriere, Magdalene Maria Mroz, Megan Fiona Cumming, Perle van de Wyngert, Ren Yang Tan, Tobias Vallø Sørensen
Collaborators: RJ Wu, Arup, Glessner Group
Furniture series: KiBiSi
Client: TLDC – Taiwan Land Development Corporation
Area: 120000 m2
Status: Under Construction
Photographs: Jinho Lee, Cat Huang, KILO, Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group