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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pear River Tower, Hualien Beach Resort exemplify modern China

Pearl River Tower (Guangzhou, China) 

The 2.3-million square-foot Pearl River Tower redefines what is possible in sustainable design by incorporating the latest green technology and engineering advancements. The 309-meter tower's sculpted body directs wind to a pair of openings at its mechanical floors, where traveling winds push turbines which generate energy for the building.

Hualien Beach Resort (Hualien, TW) 

Located between two river deltas in Taiwan, the Hualien Beach Resort used to be the site of an industrial factory region. Low-angle, high-glare morning and evening sun is blocked by the striped design while favorable north-south light is let in to the unit. Green roofs further mitigate heat gain, creating a low energy masterplan.


  1. It's erroneous to claim Taiwan's architecture as representative of China's - Taiwan is an independent, democratic country which despite its small size has resisted China's military bullying for over half a century.

  2. Also the Hualien Beach Resort does not yet exist - it's a concept only at this stage.

  3. Lang-Go,

    Architecture can be representative of a style regardless of which country it is located in. Singapore, Taiwan, and China all share an architectural adventurism unseen in most nations, including mine, Canada.

    Also, many of the projects featured on 21st Century Architecture are not yet built, so you will be viewing renderings / visualizations.

    The key point of this blog is to show biomorphic (nature-like) buildings, green buildings and developments that exhibit high levels of creativity and sustainability.

    Keep the faith,



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