Taiwan Plans Futuristic Skyscraper

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Taiwan's third largest city, Taichung will soon be home to Floating Observatories, the world's most futuristic looking building. Scheduled to break ground in 2012, the building will house a museum, restaurants, offices, as well as, an urban park.

Floating Observatories, which was conceived by a team of European architects led by Stefan Dori, was selected from thousands of entries submitted to the organizers of the Taiwan Tower Conceptual International Competition, held by the country to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the founding of Taiwan R.O.C. and to symbolize Taiwan's new spirit.

The design, which resembles a tree with eight (lucky number in Taiwan) floating leaf-like observatories was inspired by the shape of the Island, which closely resembles a leaf. The observatories will actually be elevators with the capacity to carry up to 80 people to their destination, inside the building. Built using Space age lightweight material, they will glide on a vertical track held together by a strong electromagnetic field.

As would be expected, the building will be very environmentally friendly, featuring turbines, solar cells an even a geothermal power plant installed in the building's basement, to provide heating and hot water.

While the Floating Observatories also known as Taiwan Tower, will not be the tallest building in Taiwan when completed, it will certainly stand out as one of the most unusual examples of architecture, ever built.

Sources:physorg.com,dailymail.co.uk

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  • grapefruit
    grapefruitSunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:26 am
    Yes! I'm Taiwanese and proud of it
    • coolMonday, April 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm
      Yay! My grandparents we're born in Taiwan!
      • kuo
        kuoSunday, March 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm
        I have family in Taiwan
        • roku
          rokuSunday, March 8, 2015 at 8:29 pm
          I have family in Taiwan and I go to Taiwan every year.
          • bobsayshi
            bobsayshiFriday, November 21, 2014 at 11:53 am
            that looks tall and weird, not to be mean.
            • lionsrcute1
              lionsrcute1Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm
              Awesome! My parents come from Taiwan.
              • williamTuesday, August 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm
                the contry will be more atraktiv
                • DanielFriday, August 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm
                  That building is tall!Me think it hard to build @ about 5 days to build(P.S. It looks fancy.). =)
                  • george♥ ♥ ♥Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm
                    well there is one benafit that if you put to much amazing buildings then you wont be able to put any thing else there but who would want to take them down
                    • williamTuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm
                      to get torists to come