Project Overview

The designer pursues a balance between humanistic architecture and ecology while emphasizing that green architecture that coexists with the natural environment must be based on ecological balance and take into account the harmony between the building and its surroundings. In addition, the building is planned in an ecologically sustainable concept, so that the environment and the building can coexist on the land. To make people and nature interdependent, the designers have taken the perspective of biodiversity to create a natural look closer to the ecological environment with a low-impact design approach to the environment. At the same time, the designer also uses innovative green thinking to reinterpret the environment itself, using green design techniques to create a green building that coexists with the environment.


National Taipei University of Technology Taipei, Ying-Chin Hung


National Taipei University of Technology Taipei, Ying-Chin Hung

Project Brief

The project is to return to the original state of the environment, so that the building and the ecosystem can be integrated and coexist peacefully, just like immersing in a field with shady trees, birds, and flowers. The designer uses green design techniques to create a natural environment with lush greenery, which brings out the eternal beauty of life when sunsets. In addition, the designer creates an eco-paradise full of natural and wild vitality like a cliff habitat, so that the environment and architecture can be immersed into a utopia.

Project Innovation/Need

The designer's ecologically oriented thinking, combined with sophisticated design ideas, and comprehensive and systematic environmental protection design as the demand, through the low-carbon and nature-based design objectives, and consideration of the scale of the base and environmental characteristics, to design a low-carbon building that can find the carbon footprint hot spot. The design method in this project can extend the life cycle of the building to 96 years, allowing for a 24.50% carbon reduction in the building's life-cycle carbon footprint. Besides, the designer uses passive heating and cooling methods, as well as bionic design such as ant mound buoyancy ventilation, zebra skin micro-airflow cooling, and according to the sunlight, trajectory to utilize daylight to reduce the energy consumption. Meanwhile, the highly efficient and optimized air conditioning system uses the ice wastewater from the production process as the cooling water for air conditioning, which is complemented by the highly efficient air conditioning system to achieve energy saving. Last but not least, the designer makes the green power plant that adopts wind and solar power while using water-saving equipment and water system to discharge wastewater into an ecological pond that imitates natural purification to achieve a zero-waste water environment. The unique ecological habitat of the cliff in this project is designed to mimic the natural habitat and provide a biologically friendly living environment, creating the glory of a green concept of peaceful coexistence between architecture and nature.

Design Challenge

The designers faced a huge challenge in this project with the high carbon emission reinforced concrete structure and the thermal environment of the glass room. Given the impact of hillside development on the environment, the designer uses a low-impact design approach to integrate human and ecological interaction in this building.


In response to ecological sustainability, the design and selection of materials in this project are based on the eco-friendly, allowing the building to breathe naturally as if it were life and interdependence with the ecological environment. The designer integrates the production system, clean energy, solar photovoltaic system, wind power system, and energy efficiency management system in the building to create the best ecological green grid for the environment under the eco-friendly concept. In addition, the designer also uses a rainwater recycling system, waterfall cooling system, hillside soil and water conservation, sewage purification treatment, air conditioning, and lighting design, architectural concrete, and ecological pond to extend the life of the building and further integrate the building with the nature.

This award celebrates the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. 
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