BIG has recently unveiled the complete model unit for the Hualien Residences located on Taiwan’s east coast
The 1000 sq-m show home offers a glimpse into the amenities of the development that is being undertaken by Taiwan Land Development Corporation. Totaling 120,000 sq-m, the Hualien Residences project seeks to preserve and enhance the beauty of the surrounding nature while creating a neighbourhood of holiday homes outside the city of Hualien.
BIG's design for the Hualien Residences evokes Taiwan's spine of mountains to the west, appearing like a stylised landscape of hills, valleys and canyons. The floor plates are broken down into slim landscape stripes, covered by green vegetation. The volumes are shifted to ensure that daylight and views reach deep into the residences – and dip down to form lush pedestrian canyons and shortcuts between the buildings.
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.
"The Hualien Hills are a pragmatic utopian attempt at rural densification where the ecological qualities of nature aren't consumed by the urban development, but rather extended and amplified. Where the Spaniards found ways to drill homes and cities into the porous rocks of the local mountains in Guadix, the Taiwanese are now building cityscapes of inhabited hillsides in Hualien," says Bjarke Ingels, founding partner of BIG.
The first phase is expected to begin construction in 2016 and be completed by 2018.