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A developer based in Taipei has hired Bjarke Ingles group (BIG) to transform an Industrial factory region in Hualien, Taiwan into a world-class beach resort.

Arch2o-Hualien Residences BIG (11)

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Following along the path of their past sustainable approaches, BIG creates another topographical and environmentally conscious residence.

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The varied heights of undulating green roofs are designed through mimicking both the mountains to the west and the ocean to the east. This allows for the inhabitants to have spectacular views of the coast and of the two intersecting river deltas.

Arch2o-Hualien Residences BIG (6)

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With its echo of the distant mountains, the form of the building allows for a series of ribbons to be created within the structure. These peaks and valleys create scenic walkways and connecting paths between the many buildings of the complex.

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While incorporating a program with residential and commercial spaces, the stripes that run east-to-west create a shading system that protect from the intense tropical environment. In addition, the green roofs act as another method of further mitigating the heat and a low energy incentive.

By Ariela Lenetsky

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