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Taipei’s Agora Garden Tower is a Twisting Greenhouse, Guised as a Luxury Hotel

An extraordinary architectural feat, Taiwan’s Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower or ‘Agora Garden Tower’ is a smog-consuming powerhouse under the guise of a luxury hotel. Its double-helix-esque shape captures the eye, and the well cared for 23,000+ plants on property, from trees to vegetables gardens to flowering shrubs, entices with the sweet smell of fresh air. Since production recently came to an end, we all eagerly await its grand debut this coming fall.

The "Tao Zhu Yin Yuan" or Agora Garden Tower. Photograph courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures

The “Tao Zhu Yin Yuan” or Agora Garden Tower. Photograph courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures.

The lead designer, Vincent Callebaut, revealed that Agora Garden Tower will absorb approximately 130 tons of carbon dioxide per year. On a small island nation like Taiwan, which endeavors toward industrial pursuits, takes in China’s own pollution problems and is surrounded by mountains, bad air quality is a major health issue. In that regard, Agora Garden Tower is a positive sign for Taiwan’s impact on global warming.

With its own vegetables gardens, flower gardens and orchards, Agora Garden Tower produces a large portion of its own fresh, organic ingredients. It will recycle the organic waste and the water that’s used on property (including rainwater). Rooftop solar panels and natural lighting are also wholly taken advantage of. In an interview with CNN, Callebaut noted that Agora Garden Tower came to fruition with sustainability in mind: not only is it “a big leap toward global warming,” but it “…presents a pioneer concept of sustainable residential eco-construction that aims at limiting the ecological footprint of its inhabitants.”

The "Tao Zhu Yin Yuan" or Agora Garden Tower. Photograph courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures.

The “Tao Zhu Yin Yuan” or Agora Garden Tower. Photograph courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures.

Agora Garden Tower hosts 40 luxury suites, which come with a number of entertainment outlets. Besides the lovely gardens, there’s a fitness center, a swimming pool, evening shows with dinner and more. Dining is expected to be exquisite and top-of-the-line. Agora Garden Tower also rises to 20 floors, reaching to the clouds and providing picturesque sights.

Agora Garden Tower, in the heart of Taipei, twists and gives guests a clear view of the Taipei 101 tower, the Taipei World Trade Center and the local park in the Xinyi District. The Xinyi District’s large-scale shopping area is also within walking distance.

For more information on Agora Garden Tower and Vincent Callebaut’s other projects, visit Callebaut’s website.

All photographs were provided with permission from Vincent Callebaut Architectures. They are protected under copyright law, and are not to be distributed without express permission from Vincent Callebaut Architectures.

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