Apartment at Taiwan’s carbon-eating tower to cost US$65 million: reports

Building expected to be completed in early 2018

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Image of the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan (courtesy of BES Engineering Facebook page).

Image of the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan (courtesy of BES Engineering Facebook page).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An apartment at the DNA-shaped, carbon-eating Tao Zhu Yin Yuan (陶朱隱園) residential complex is likely to set you back NT$2 billion (US$65.9 million), making it the most expensive housing in Taipei, reports said Thursday.

The tower, designed by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, has been noted both for its shape, a double helix twisting 90 degrees like a strand of DNA, and for its contribution to the environment, with 23,000 trees expected to grace its surface and gobble up 130 tons of carbon dioxide a year. The construction company describes it as a “vertical forest.”

Living inside the building will not come cheap though, with estimates ranging from NT$1.8 billion to NT$2.2 billion, or an average of more than NT$1.5 million (US$49,400) per square meter, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported.

The main developer, the Core Pacific Group (威京集團), is unwilling to reveal details about prices before the project is completed during the first quarter of next year.

Most of the contenders who had come and visit the site were ethnic Chinese from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China or ethnic Chinese holders of a foreign passport, according to the United Daily News report.

Anyone signing up for an apartment would be vetted for his reliability and financial situation, reports said.

The building was reportedly designed to last 300 years, with precautions taken against earthquakes, global warming and grave storms due to climate change.