on Design

“ Chinatrust’s forward-looking vision — combined with offices and commercial construction, adequate public space and parks — will help bring economic growth and create a better community. ”

Vincent C. Siew Former Vice President of the Republic of China

At the time the largest project under construction in Taiwan, the Chinatrust Commercial Bank Headquarters is inspired by the company’s “family-like” philosophy, emphasizing informal connections and communication. The project is designed to accommodate Chinatrust’s growth, while supporting its status as the “Best Bank in Taiwan,” according to publications Asiamoney and FinanceAsia. The tower features a series of vertical atriums that create “centers,” or vertical courtyards. These spaces work to change workers’ typically horizontal experience of a high-rise tower office floor by adding a vertical dimension.

The building is designed to take advantage of natural site and climate features to optimize passive design opportunities. For example, the podium is covered in roof gardens, reducing rainwater runoff and urban heat-island effect. Also, the office tower façades feature intelligent curtain wall design, optimized for natural daylight with narrow floor plates, floor-to-ceiling glass and automatic sensors.

Awards and Publications


MIPIM Asia 2015, Best Mixed-Use Development, Silver


Ecofriend, “10 Sustainable Skyscrapers Designed with Green Roofs,” November 2011
Inhabitat, “Taiwan Breaks Ground on Trio of Green-Roofed Skyscrapers,” March 2009
ArchDaily, “Chinatrust Bank Headquarters,” February 2009