BIG architects: TEK building
BIG architects: TEK building
feb 01, 2011

BIG architects: TEK building

‘TEK building’ by BIG in taipei, taiwan all images courtesy BIG



danish practice bjarke ingels group has designed a 53,000 m2 public urban block in taipei, taiwan. ‘TEK’, which measures 57 x 57 x 57m, is a cubic structure that hosts a spiraling street of activities related to contemporary technology and media.


‘TEK’, which stands for ‘technology, entertainment and knowledge center taipei’, takes full advantage of its site by coiling together the public street within its volume. leading the public from the street level to the roof garden, the ascending spiral serves as the anchor to a number of programs, including shops, showrooms, offices, conference rooms, exhibition spaces, restaurants and galleries. the layout is organized to best provide for each facility: daylight sensitive programs such as hotel rooms and offices resides on the perimeter, while retail and exhibition spaces occupy the core.



BIG architects: TEK building perspective view



BIG architects: TEK building street view


the entire volume is finished in concrete lamellas, a system of stacked plate-like pieces that provide solar shading as well as aid in public access. featuring moments of wide recession, the facade becomes a generous public staircase while on the roof level, the inward form  accommodates an arena-like space for informal social gatherings.



BIG architects: TEK building entrance and plaza


BIG architects: TEK building interior view


BIG architects: TEK building opening in the structure


BIG architects: TEK building looking into the spiral walkway


BIG architects: TEK building rooftop level


BIG architects: TEK building public space



BIG architects: TEK building rendered flyby


BIG architects: TEK building night view


BIG architects: TEK building site


BIG architects: TEK building a number of public facilities is brought and coiled together in a spiral format



BIG architects: TEK building



upper left) plazas – the cute is rotated slightly on the site to generate outdoor space for four dedicated plazas. (upper right) program – an L-shaped hotel faces the west and north while retail and showrooms are sandwiched around a central auditorium. (lower left) sustainability – a green roof forms a cooling canopy which will drive the relatively cooler air down the spiral trajectory. (lower right) circulation – the central spiral serves as the primary route while a system of escalators directly beneath the spiral provides interior connections. four stair and elevator cores are positioned at each corner for efficient vertical movement.



BIG architects: TEK building the effects of the louver-like lamellas (left) summer (right) winter



BIG architects: TEK building model shots


BIG architects: TEK building



BIG architects: TEK building



BIG architects: TEK building



BIG architects: TEK building



BIG architects: TEK building



BIG architects: TEK building site plan


BIG architects: TEK building floor plan / level +4



BIG architects: TEK building floor plan / level +5



BIG architects: TEK building floor plan / level +6



BIG architects: TEK building floor plan / level +8


BIG architects: TEK building section


BIG architects: TEK building spiral circulation



project info:


client: taiwan land development corporation consultants: realities united, arup size: 53,000 m2 partner in charge: jakob lange project leader: cat huang team: allyson hiller, xi chen, esben vik, johan cool, xu li, gaeton brunet

  • you are right mr. buster. and you better watch your step because if you stumble is going to be a long fall.
    is a very appealling design anyway.
    But also there is


  • it will be the biggest waterfall in taipei once the rain starts pouring in!!!!!
    let the water fall!!!!!!

  • amazing, i’m really touched

  • I like it. An inspired idea mixing two elements as rudimentary as a staircase and a cube in such an elegant way. Taipei is in Taiwan, where they speak Chinese MM. I would walk 10 stories to get to the top, but I wouldn’t set any records doing it, not in that heat and humidity!

  • This is just simply outstanding… As if the initial idea wasn’t appealing enough the illustrations, renders and photographs of the model are just about as detailed and gorgeous as I could possibly handle.
    I’m really not sure that I’ll be able to sleep tonight.
    Amazing idea.

  • I must say, this project has some very interesting ideas going on. I have always been fascinated with the idea of bringing the sidewalk into a building. This act creates a more vibrant community in which individuals who would have never known each other begin to interact over common path and purpose. For this, the idea is brilliant.
    However, I must say, I have always been skeptical of BIG’s projects and the realization of such ideas. This use of “concrete lamellas” as building envelope has been done by BIG several times before. Although its effect is incomparable, I think if an architect is going to go that far out of his way to design a building facade which is “sustainable” in the way it directs sunlight; he should do so in a much more economical way. Any money the building would be saving from heat gain has been completely stripped from the cost of such facade.
    I love the concept, but perhaps the approach should have been a different one.

    Stacy Morton
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  • I personally think its a fantastic design. Maybe a bit surreal now, but isnt that what innovation is about?

  • Taipei Exterior Kube… another cube in taipei after OMA.

  • shape is similar to OMA project but the in-between experience of BIG building looks really more interesting than the too much void one.
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