KRIS YAO | ARTECH employs dynamic geometries in china steel HQ
KRIS YAO | ARTECH employs dynamic geometries in china steel HQ KRIS YAO | ARTECH employs dynamic geometries in china steel HQ
oct 18, 2013

KRIS YAO | ARTECH employs dynamic geometries in china steel HQ

KRIS YAO | ARTECH employ dynamic geometries in china steel HQ
photo by jeffrey cheng





KRIS YAO | ARTECH employ dynamic geometries in the architecture of the ‘china steel corporation headquarters’ in southern taiwan. the office building is a structure of four multi-faceted square tubes that are linked by a shared inner core. these four identical volumes are turned 12.5 degrees in increments of eight stories–also marking the connecting points of the exterior mega-bracings–resulting in an energetic façade that expresses the aesthetics of the strength in steel.

detail of the faceted facçade that is a diamond-shaped double skin curtain wall
photo by jeffrey cheng




at the ground level, the square tower sits on a round water pond with dense landscaping of trees enveloping it, providing comfortable pedestrian circulation. the façade is a diamond-shaped double skin curtain wall that optimizes natural light and ventilation, while also reducing heat-gain and general energy consumption. its faceted sides also shield traffic noise from the surrounding area.

detail of the eight storey segments
photo by jeffrey cheng




sited adjacent to the kaohsiung port city, a once industrial town that has quickly developed into a multi-functional business-trading city, the ‘china steel corporation headquarters’ is set to facilitate a range of functions–from logistics and trading, culture to transportation and recreation–and will  become an integral landmark addition to the area.

detail of the geometries employed into the architectural scheme
photo by jeffrey cheng

the apex of the ‘china steel corporation headquarter’
photo by jeffrey cheng

the tower sites on round pond and is surrounded by a landscaping of trees
photo by jeffrey cheng



project info:


project: china steel corporation headquarters
location: kaohsiung, taiwan, no.1, zhonggang rd., xiaogang dist., kaohsiung city 81233, taiwan (R.O.C.)
clients: china steel corporation (csc)
architect: kris yao | artech architects
: willy yu, hua-yi chang, nai-wen cheng, yen-hsun li, chi-tai wu, kevin chang, san-hwan lu, johnnie kuo, shu-jen chiu, jesse huang, yvonne chang, jun-ren chou, alex liu, su-ping lo, eric hung




structural: evergreen consulting engineering, inc, ove arup & partners california ltd.
MEP: heng kai engineering consultants, inc
: I. S. lin & associates consulting engineers

landscape: carol r. johnson associates inc. boston, USA; kaichuan planning design co., ltd.
: chroma33 architectural lighting design
: united steel engineering & construction corp
building structure: steel frame structure
materials: double skin glazed curtain wall, low-e insulation glass, stainless steel, aluminum, granite
building use: office building
floor levels: 29 floors above ground, 4 floors below ground
site area: 11,037 m2
lot coverage area: 2,590 m2
total floor area: 81,054 m2
design phase: 2004
construction phase: 2006~present (expected completion 2013)

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