Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Construction of Nanshan Plaza, Taipei

7/17/2016 Taiwan Explorer
The Nanshan Plaza is a 272m tall skyscraper currently under construction in Taipei's Xinyi District, right next to Taipei 101, Taiwan's tallest building and arguably no 1 landmark. The project's investor is Nan Shan Life Insurance Co., Ltd., who won the bid in 2012. The construction began at the end of 2013 on the former spot of the World Trade Centre Hall 2, which was mostly used as a parking space. The project is led by the Mitsubishi Estate Group that describes it as following on their website:

This project is a complex of three buildings – an office tower and commercial and cultural facilities – located at a prime location in central Taipei, adjoining the Taipei 101 tower. Together with Taipei 101, the pair of towers will constitute a new landmark in the city.

The overall design links the three buildings like a range of mountain peaks. The ultra-high-rise office tower, 272 m tall, is the symbol of the range. The spires are designed in the shape of praying hands to express thankfulness. They contain an restaurant with a spectacular view, on the top floor, and a rooftop bar. The cultural building shares a polyhedron motif with the office tower. The commercial building has a distinctive design with stepped terraces containing large trees. Resembling a green hill, it functions as the axis of the surrounding area.

Scheduled for completion in December 2016, the Nanshan Plaza will be the second tallest building in Taipei, and third tallest in Taiwan. There was a small controversy 3 years ago over the Taipei 101 fireworks not being possible anymore due to Nanshan Plaza's close proximity. Taipei Times wrote at that time:

According to Taipei 101 spokesman Michael Liu (劉家豪), the safety distance for fireworks displays is 100m and although the new building will not be situated right next to Taipei 101, it will be just 60m away.

“The new skyscraper’s close proximity to Taipei 101 poses a problem to the design of the building’s countdown fireworks show. Because the vertical safety distance for fireworks displays is 150m, setting off fireworks from the 89th floor could be a problem,” Liu said.

Fast forward 3 years to today, and we're yet to see whether this will happen. I've been monitoring the construction of this building very closely over the past 3 years, here is a selection of my shots:

FEBRUARY 2013
Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
The early stages of the construction.

MAY 2014
Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
Not much has changed within a year.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
Containers took the central stage.

OCTOBER 2015
Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
The structure of the lower floors has finally been built.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
A view from the opposite angle.

MARCH 2016
Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
The top part of the building is progressing well.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
The first windows have been completed.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
A view from Taipei 101 shows that we're half way through.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
These will be Taipei's 2 most famous modern landmarks.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
The smaller neighboring building is shaping up nicely.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
The lower floors.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
The construction site from afar.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
These are Taipei's tallest landmarks.

JUNE 2016
Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
Nanshan Plaza is now tall enough to be seen from Taipei's suburbs.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
Close to being topped out.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
A view from below.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
A view through the grid.

JULY 2016
Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
A crane.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
The connecting middle part.

Nanshan Plaza, Taipei
This will be the commercial and cultural facilities.

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