TAO ZHU YIN YUAN by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

An energy self sufficient building, inspired of the structure in double helix of the DNA

Project Specs


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DNA Concept 



The main target of « Tao Zhu Yin Yuan » project has been devoted to promoting carbon‐absorbing architecture, in order to decrease the temperature of the Earth. The architectural concept is to eco‐design an energy self sufficient building, whose energy is electric, thermal and also alimentary.

The “Tao Zhu Yin Yuan” tower is directly inspired of the structure in double helix of the DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid), source of life, dynamism and twinning. Every double helix is represented in the project by two housing units forming a full level. Thus, from its base to the top, the 20 inhabited levels in double helix stretch themselves and twist themselves at 90 degrees. When viewed from different angles, the tower transforms into a myriad of forms. The four main profiles of the twisted building are : pyramid, cross, reverse pyramid and ellipse.

▼塔楼的造型以DNA的双螺旋结构为灵感 © Vincent Callebaut Architectures
The “Tao Zhu Yin Yuan” tower is directly inspired of the structure in double helix of the DNA

▼从底部到顶部,双螺旋中的20个居住层实现了90度的自我拉伸和扭转 © Vincent Callebaut Architectures
From its base to the top, the 20 inhabited levels in double helix stretch themselves and twist themselves at 90 degrees


Anti-Global Warming and Carbon-Absorbing Ecosystem



▼城市上空的露台,terraces above the city © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

▼住宅的阳台和露台,balconies and terraces © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

To implement symbiosis with natural environment, Tao Zhu Yin Yuan covers its open spaces with trees, planting approximately 23,000 trees, shrubs and plants on the ground floor garden, the balconies and terraces of each household. The annual carbon absorption reaches around 130 tons with green coverage at 246%, which is nearly 5 times higher than local regulation, making it a colorful urban forest park in all seasons. In order to increase the volume in absorbing carbon, multiple species of trees with better carbon absorption volume are planted by specialized botanists to contribute to protecting the air quality.

Furthermore, the tower integrates natural ventilation chimneys filtering the air inside the central core, rainwater recycle, wireless monitor control of LED lighting, fiber optic connection, light guide system and solar/wind power to achieve energy saving and carbon reduction.

▼开放空间均覆盖以绿植,Tao Zhu Yin Yuan covers its open spaces with trees © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

▼露台座椅,seating area © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

▼四季皆宜的森林公园,a colorful urban forest park in all seasons © Vincent Callebaut Architectures


Highly Earthquake Resistant & Column Free Structure


Structural design found inspiration in the body structure of the skier in the design of the tower. The central core of the tower is the human body. The 5‐meter truss structure above 21F are the two arms. The megacolumns on the two sides are the ski poles. A suspended structural system and a Vierendeel truss system (a set of beams for every two floors) transfer all the weight via the arms (beams) to the body (central core) and then down to the foundation. The result is a one-of-a-kind structural design that combines the science of mechanics and the art of aesthetics.

▼建筑结构细部,structure detailed view © Vincent Callebaut Architectures


Tao Zhu Yin Yuan is of high toughness and highly earthquake resisting, ensuring the sturdiness of the building. Effectively, the tower integrates also a nuclear plant‐grade seismic concept. The design peak ground acceleration is 400 gal. The shock insulation design developed by the company EPS Inc. (Earthquake protection System) integrated under the basement floors can resist the highest Class 7 earthquake (China Liedu 9, surface acceleration PGA=0.40g) and remains unharmed after the earthquake without ductile fracture.

▼鸟瞰,aerial view © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

▼陶朱隐园和近在咫尺的台北101大厦,TAO ZHU YIN YUAN and the very close Taipei 101 tower © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

« TAO ZHU YIN YUAN », A Carbon-Absorbing Vertical Forest
Taipei, Taiwan
Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Paris
Building Basic Information
TYPE : International Architectural Competition – First Prize Winner in November 2010
INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECT : Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Paris
LOCATION : Taipei Taiwan, Xinyi district, Song Gao Road & Song Yong Road
SITE AREA : 8,160 M2
ZONING : Residential area (Taipei XinYi Development District)
FLOOR STRUCTURE : 21 floors and 4 floors basement, Steel Structure & Earthquake Protection System
CLIENT : BES Engineering Corporation, Taipei
CONTRACTOR : Taiwan Kumagai Co, Ltd
CURRENT PHASE : Gardens planting, waterfalls construction and interior decoration of public facilities space are undergoing
GREEN CERTIFICATION: U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold + ; Low Carbon Building Alliance Diamond Level
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER : King Le Chang & Associates, Taipei
LOCAL MEP ENGINEERING : Sine & Associates, Taipei
INTERNATIONAL INTERIOR ARCHITECT : Wilson & Associates (WA), Los Angeles
LOCAL INTERIOR ARCHITECT : Chu Chih-Kung + Metro Space Design, Taipei
LOCAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT : Horizon & Atmosphere (H&A), Taipei
INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING DESIGNER : L’Observatoire International, New-York
GREEN CONSULTANT : Enertek, Taipei
VCA’S TEAM : Emilie Diers, Frederique Beck, Jiao Yang, Florence Mauny, Volker Erlich, Philippe Steels, Maguy Delrieu, Vincent Callebaut

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