Sep-Oct 2018

Twelve modules of patterns are designed to envelope the façade (Photo by Patrick Bingham-Hall)


The beauty of Huaku Sky Garden lies in the twin towers’ architecture that seems at once delicate (due to their slim forms) and strong in the symmetrical structural frame (referencing traditional Chinese latticed screens) done in multiple scales, the repetition articulating the structural delight.

The project’s location at the base of the foothills of Yangming mountain range means that the building design could leverage the scenery as its backdrop. The towers’ symmetrical, interlinked forms with thick columns came about due to earthquake and typhoon-proof requirements. 
This structural expression has led to the Chinese-inspired screen manifested in different scales, from the oversized structural frame to the delicate metal filigree. 

Aesthetically, the façade, featuring the rectangular asymmetry of traditional Chinese joinery and screen designs, stands out from the other heavy, solid blocks in the neighbourhood. This is enhanced by the depth of the recessed gardens on the double-volume terraces of each apartment. To ensure privacy between each unit, the slender east and west elevations are veiled with ornamental screens. They also act as sunshades during summer.


Project Name
Huaku Sky Garden, Taiwan
No. 8, Tianmu East Rd, Shilin District,
Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Completion Date
April 2017
Site Area
5,717.48 square metres
Gross Floor Area
47,132.7 square metres
Huaku Development Co Ltd
Architecture Firm
WOHA Architects
Project Team
Wong Mun Summ; Richard Hassell;
Chee Siew Choo; Pearl See Jian Fa;
Goh Muk Hsiung, Francis;
Wu Kansheng; Lin Liping;
Shaad Hassan Zaidi; Yang Han;
Lau Wan Nie
Main Contractor
Pin Shing Construction Co Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Heng Kai Engineering Consultants Inc
Civil & Structural Engineer
New Structure Group
Quantity Surveyor
Huaku Development Co Ltd
Landscape Consultant
S&G Design Landscape Architecture
Lighting Consultant
Chroma33 Architectural Lighting
Design Inc
Patrick Bingham-Hall;
WOHA Architects


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