Redevelopment of Taipei Main Station Area

This large-scale redevelopment of the Taipei Main Station area is known as the “never ending construction site,” and centers on a terminal for the high-speed railway between Taipei and Taoyuan International Airport. The team of Fumihiko Maki (CECI + Maki and Associates + JJPP) was awarded 1st prize in the July 2005 competition. For the 47-hectare site, the design proposal includes (in addition to the underground station) a high-rise complex of retail, office and hotel, as well as a landscape design that respects and highlights nearby historical buildings. The station atrium extends for 5 stories down to the platform level, and is crowned by two towers, which will rise 320-meter (Tower C1) and 240-meter (Tower D1). Each tower has a conceptual head and body, angled 15 degrees apart to align with Taipei’s two historical city grids. These two axes are further reflected in the “linear forest” landscape surrounding the base of the towers.

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Completion Date: 2014
Building Type: Station, Retail, Office, Hotel
Structural System: Steel Reinforced Concrete, Steel
Number of Floors: [C1 tower] 56 Stories [D1 tower] 4 Basement Levels + 76 Stories
Site Area: 470,000m² [C1 site]13,078m² [D1 site]18,515m²
Building Area: [C1 site] 8,100m² [D1 site] 11,400m²
Total Floor Area: [C1 tower] 207,000m² [D1 tower] 306,000m² [Station] 40,000m²
■ Notes
Client:Department of Rapid Transit Systems, Taipei City Government
Prime Civil Engineer:CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc. Taipei
Architect of Record:J. J. Pan and Partners Taipei
Station Design:Y. Ikeda / Ikeda Kokubun Design Studio Tokyo
■ Completion Schedule
Station:2014
C1 Tower:2016
D1 Tower:2017
■ Publication
GA JAPAN:No.79
Shinkenchiku:2008.5 Special Issue [IN PROGRESS]
■ Awards / Competition
First Prize, invited competition (2005)