TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The future headquarters of Taichung Commercial Bank in central Taiwan was recognized recently for its superb architectural design this week by the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards.
The design for the building is the work of the Hong Kong based Aedas firm, and was primarily the work of Aedas Chairman and Global Design Principal Keith Griffiths. The building incorporates the banking facilities and offices, as well as a luxury hotel.
The WAF Awards were held this year from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30 in Amsterdam. The Taichung Commercial Bank HQ won the award in the “Commercial Mixed-use – Future Projects” category.
The project is still in development and is expected to be completed by 2022, according to Aedas.
According to the Press Release, the building’s design is inspired by the Chinese character 中 (center), which is also used in the bank’s official logo.
Logo of the Taichung Commercial Bank.
The architect sought to emphasize the “center” of the structure.
“Instead of stacking all functions in a singular tower, the design creates two ‘separate’ towers with a vertical void in the middle to connect them…A series of ‘floating’ transparent glass boxes for large functions such as exhibition areas, sky gardens, conferencing facilities, a ballroom and a swimming pool is situated inside the void to enrich the building shape and create an eye-catching feature along the main road.”
Aedas is also the architectural firm responsible for the Taichung National Trade Center.
(Aedas Press Release image)