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Through the Balcony
Designer: Wu-I Wu
Design Type: Architecture; Residential
Company / Organization / School: Live True Construction Co., Ltd.
While aiming to be the symbol of low-carbon design in the city of Taichung, Taiwan, the building will also enrich the diversity of the local architectural appearance. To be innovative, through both balconies and the continuous "double skin" green wall, the frontside of the residency is designed to be the extensive space for daily life. The exterior green wall can serve as both the veranda for the units and the façade of the building base on the “double skin” design. Along with the structural lattices and horizontal plant boxes constitute a natural and livable expression. The residential floor, the elevator and the fume chamber together form a “sky alley”, where the units are detached and free from being bothered by their neighbors. The interior space is well lit by natural light. Every unit can enjoy their spacious balconies since the double skin green wall lengthens the balcony space and surround the unit as a green, lively hallway. Instead of using traditional Taiwanese congregate housing approaches of cutting down on the outdoor space to maximum the indoor, the design team creates elements that fit the subtropical climate here in Taiwan such as balconies and eaves.