Taipei Waterfront, Tapei, Taiwan

In order to create a bustling urban waterfront, Stan Allen Architect looked at reshaping the site and its connection with the rest of downtown Taipei.

By adding more entry points, infrastructure, and activities-including athletic fields, restaurants, cultural centers, and nature parks-the architects created a master plan that promises to engage residents and visitors.

The waterfront zone is made up of four elements: circulation, landscape, boardwalks, and buildings. These different components are layered onto the site to create a dense urban waterfront that connects with the rest of the city.

The structures on the waterfront are as layered as the site itself. The mixed-use Aquaviary tower does not just put infrastructure, retail, an aquarium, an aviary, and an eco-hotel in the same place-it encourages visitors to interact with each of those spaces as they move though the building.

The Aquaviary tower, one of the mixed-use structures in the park, features an aquarium at its core, wrapped with a coil of retail and draped with an articulated curtain wall that serves as the perimeter of an aviary. The tower, which sits across a road from the main park, also interacts with the urban infrastructure by accommodating parking and linking with a pedestrian bridge to the waterfront.

The structures on the waterfront are as layered as the site itself. The mixed-use Aquaviary tower does not just put infrastructure, retail, an aquarium, an aviary, and an eco-hotel in the same place-it encourages visitors to interact with each of those spaces as they move though the building.

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