Taiwan Tower_Sustainability Aesthetics & Nature
International Competition_Conceptual Design
台湾塔竞图 – 自然及永续美学
Mother Earth nourishes everything. Rotating seasons bring in abundant harvest.
Agriculture is the origin of Taiwan, and cohabitation with nature is the goal that we purse with.
We piled the harvest of rice, spread out beautiful flower petals, rise up the basket,
and we thanks for the land, thanks for God.
The spirit of the design comes from the dialogue between human and nature,
through the transformation of traditional cultural celebrations as a
symbol of the essence of Taiwan……"
Circular design elements are a symbol of an abundant
harvest of grain. Layers upon layers of petals combined
and framed the foundation of the Taiwan Tower with a
traditional Chinese rectangular courtyard. Bamboo
structure as an inspiration for the creation of this free-
standing light-weight structure of the "Double-Towers"
to form a nature "Gateway" to Taichung. A Floating
Orchid as a symbolic tribute of a flower basket presented
to the people and to god……
Functional Schemes & Design Concepts
Taiwan Tower is a "Double-Tower" scheme with sightseeing
and recreational functions and as a model for green building.
Its overall functional scheme can be divided into three main
parts from top to bottom;
1) Observatory [Entertainment]
2) Double-Towers [Ecology]
3) Museum Complex [Educational]
The main functions of the Taiwan Tower consist of Observatory,
Environmental Quality Monitoring Station, Radio and Digital
Signal Transmission Base & Museums. Besides its sightseeing
functions, the ecological "Double-Towers' will also consist of
Four Season Vertical Farms, Aviary Habitats & Multiple
Viewing Platforms with Sky Gardens
Experiencing Taiwan Tower
The Taiwan Tower experience starts from the Educational
Development [Museum Complex] on the ground level, visitors
are forced to walk into the centralized courtyard which features
a 360m High Atrium Lobby that looks up the "Double-Tower".
Giving the first impression of an ecological designed
environment. Each Theme Museum [Past, Present & Future]
will feature and exhibits city's development including is history,
urban design and planning. It is an interactive and flexible
space that each museums is designed to attach a special
entertainment facility, such as Outdoor Performing Stage,
Water Plaza, Shops, Cafe and a Green House Complex.
Visitors continue the journey up and through the Ecological
Environment [Vertical Farms & Aviary Habitats]. The elevator
channels are designed to be located in-between the four-
season Vertical Farms and Aviary Habitats which allow
visitors to experience the atmospherical affects while going
up the tower.
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The tour concludes as visitors are led up the "Double-Tower"
to the Entertainment Amenities [Observatories & Restaurants]
for a bird's-eye view of Taichung City. At the highest level,
visitors can walk freely on the two separated floating podium.
An external interior Sky-Walk suspended and connected the
north podium to the south podium giving visitors a totally new
experience to walk in the sky.
Taiwan Tower play an inevitable role to a city's aesthetics.
This iconic landmark not only includes good functioning with
usability, but also be able to attract public attentions. The
form of the Taiwan Tower not only emphasize the building's
uniqueness and self-charateristics, Taiwan Tower also
represent localization, having ecological properties, and
cable to reflect the era's mainstream of aesthetics according
to folk culture and climate. Taiwan Tower is to possess a
form with the characteristics of "Sustainability Aesthetics".
Project Designer: Steven Ma
Team members: San Liu/ Xinyu Wan/ Emre Icdem
Host Organization:Taichung City Government, Taiwan, ROC
设计者: Steven Ma
参与设计: San Liu/ Xinyu Wan/ Emre Icdem
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Steven MA is an assistant professor at the University of Applied Art, Vienna. Urban
Strategies- Postgraduate Program – “Excessive” and a design architect at Coop Himmelblau,
Vienna, Austria. He has worked as a lead designer for Xefirotarch from 2007-2009.
Born in Hong Kong. He received his Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute
of Architecture, (SCI-Arc) and Bachelor of Architecture from Ryerson University, where he
earns his best graduate thesis and graduate with distinction in both universities. He also
received the AIA Henry Adam Medal award in 2008. His doctoral study on “sy(e)nergy” &
“sustainability aesthetics” at the University of Applied Art, Institute of Architecture, is
advised by Wolf. D. Prix.
他于1981年底，出身于香港，在加拿大瑞尔森大学获得建筑学士学位，从美国南加州建筑大学（SCI-Arc）获得建筑硕士学位，同时，于这两所学校毕业时，他都拿到了最佳毕业设计的荣誉。他在2008年获得AIA Henry Adam Medal奖。目前在Wolf. D. Prix的引领下，于维也纳应用美术大学攻读博士，研究方向为“sy(e)nergy”和“sustainability aesthetics”。
Steven MA is the founder of Xuberance, since 2010. Xuberance's work stands out in terms of
its synthesis of form, style and aesthetics. Xuberance's design intentions and processes
deviate towards the extreme conditions in sy(e)nergetic formal exploration, sustainability
aesthetics , generative typologies and geometrical illusions and sometimes surrealistic.
Steven's on-going research and design ambitions are focused on energy generated building-
systems and sy(e)nergetic effects inspired by nature, biology & illusions. Xuberance's work
has won numerous International Design Ideas Competition awards including Taiwan Tower, Hong
Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, ecO-Bench Exterior Lighting System.
“Xuberance….not a protest, not a manifesto, but a celebration to new virtuosity in
contemporary architecture…It is not optimised, not modulated and not algorithmic. Xuberance
equals energy, enthusiasm, excitement and encouragement…….”
马子聪（Steven MA）在2010年成立了Xuberance。 Xuberance的工作突出展现了形式，风格，美学的综合体。 Xuberance从设计之初到其后过程都不拘一格，力求在形式研究，可持续美学，生成类型学，几何类型学，以及时而的超现实主义上做到极致。 Steven MA立志研究和设计的范畴—自发能源筑系统以及协同影响，受到了源于自然、生物、幻象的启发。 Xuberance在国际竞赛中频频得奖，这些竞赛有：台湾塔、香港口岸设施、ecO室外照明凳。
xuberancexuberancexuberance; produced or growing in extreme abundance; proliferating or
growing excessively; profuse in growth or production; luxuriant; enthusiastic; effusive;
overweening ambition; opulent; extreme in degree, size, or extent; extremely good; extremely
joyful and vigorous; diffuse; overflowing; Lavish; extravagant; plentiful; excitement;
exhilaration; superabundant; liveliness; energetic; passionate;
Exuberance mediates and enables complexity. It is an integration of an aesthetic desire that
yields exuberant results. A tightly controlled in technique is required to form
transformative surfaces that incorporate distinctly different topological features, the
results are potentially chaotic. Negotiations and restraining the visual opulence of these
compositions is an operation that requires exuberance. Exuberance represents a mutation of
regeneration in digital design process. In order to undertake this new level of formal
sophistication, mastery of technique and innate creative ability have to be combined with a
multilayered design complexity.
Designers have moved beyond techniques, by mastering of techniques to such a degree that they
are able to realize nuances that exude exuberance within the formal development of the
project. Mastery of techniques also allows us to assume a more sophisticated relation to the
creation of form – a position made possible only through the use of an aesthetic sensibility
concomitant with highly developed design ability. Produce a systemic logic of thought that
eschews mapping a specific process or revealing the process of an algorithm being generated
as strategies to generate a project's form. Ultimately, challenge is to control the
modulation of these relations, in order to endow the project with the desired affects.
Just too mainstream to be avant-garde? Much avant-garde contemporary parametric design suffers from the lack of love…….
The Origins 起源
Production of Monstrosity & Evolving mutation of Aesthetics
I remember the first solo project that I worked on at SCI-Arc in 2007, The Xlab's studio was
dealing with cellular growth and mutation logic. How mutant forms evolve and create a new
speciation that has its own logic of growth and reproduce a certain kind of aesthetics……It
was instructed by Hernan Diaz Alonso, now the graduate director of SCI-Arc. I was fascinated
by the idea of using this cellular logic into architecture…I wonder why and I have no idea
how to do it……. but maybe because of this unrestricted approach, It allows me to be
creative and to design with freedom and passion.
This idea of cellular aggregation and accumulation had brought me attention to this specific
design approach and the way how I think of producing architecture ever since. “Xuberance”
was the first word that Hernan described my project. It was the sensational effects,
emotional visual qualities and the detailing of the project that yield exuberance aesthetics.
这是2007年我在SCI-arc的第一个个人项目，在Xlab工作室研究单物质生长和变异逻辑。突变如何在自己的逻辑和某种美学下演变，得到一个全新的形式。项目是由SCI-Arc的教授Hernan Diaz Alonso指导。我被这种在建筑中使用单物质的逻辑迷住了，我不知道缘由也不知道应该怎么去做。但是正因为如此没有限制，它让我创新并充满激情和自由的去设计。
This diagram shows the mutation process & methodology from a cellular phase to cellular
regeneration, to system of assembly and then the final stage of producing the New Speciation.
It works with the idea of Part to Whole relationship, from part to whole, whole becoming
parts again and whole to whole, and so on….It creates layers of complexity in each
incremental stage of mutation.
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The project also aimed to develop modelling techniques for formal exploration and also
creating architectural qualities that may evolve to something else…The question is when do
you know how to stop the mutation process. The answer is “ Out of Memory”. At that time, I
modelled until the computer couldn't handle it anymore, then I know when to stop…..Lots of
techniques were developed in this studio which frames the later development of my graduate
This is another project (Divine Exuberance_Mega-Church 2008) that I continued to experiment
and develop with the idea of “Speciations” and “Cellular Growth Systematic Logic”.
下面是2008年另外一个项目(Divine Exuberance_Mega-Church 2008)，我继续尝试和发展
“Speciations” 和“Cellular Growth Systematic Logic”的概念。
Cells to Organ, Organs to Systems, Systems to “Speciations”
This project was dealing with existing condition of a warehouse and the challenge was to
implement these complex systems into the existing structure and still creating a coherence
formal aesthetics and generative typologies.
The End of SCI-Arc & The Beginning of Xuberance – Graduate Thesis 2008
SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis 2008… The Pursuit of Exuberance Architecture
This thesis is about constantly evolving the relationships between multiple systems to
create form. It is also the intention of this thesis to evolve new speciation, new style and
new aesthetics through the pro¬duction of liminality.
Liminal Form- constantly evolving the relationship between systems to create forms that are
held in maximal tension in relation to one another, suspended in a permanent state of
incomplete transition. This incomplete transi¬tion allows one to recognize originality. One's
sense of identity dissolves to some extent, bringing some disorientation. It is an “in-
between state” of an open-ended mutating system that al¬lows for infinite growth.
Calligraphical Aesthetics is a stylistic formal language that integrated to balance the
legibility in the progression of combining and mixing these complex formal systems. The
formal qualities of calligraphy allow complex spatial arrangement to be handled with
SCI-Arc 2008 毕业设计 追求建筑的繁荣
1 This is located in the main space of SCI-Arc lecture Hall.
2 Juries from Left to Right: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Eric Owen Moss, Neil Denari, Benjamin
Bratton, Craig Hodgetts, Sylvia Lavin, Wolf Prix, Thom Mayne, Marcelo Spina.
从左到右：Hernan Diaz Alonso, Eric Owen Moss, Neil Denari, Benjamin Bratton, Craig Hodgetts,
Sylvia Lavin, Wolf Prix, Thom Mayne, Marcelo Spina.
3 This is a Temporary Pavilion located at SCI-Arc Parking lot for Award Presentation and
Graduation Ceremony, where I received my best graduate thesis and graduate with distinction
honor, as well as AIA Henry Adams Medal Award presented by Wolf.D Prix
这是SCI-Arc的毕业设计颁奖典礼，我在这里接受了最佳毕设奖这一荣誉，以及Wolf.D Prix颁发的AIA Henry
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