Cameron Wu

Taiwan Tower

This project aims to provide Taichung City Park with a landmark tower which will serve as a signature element in Taichung’s developing skyline. It additionally seeks to divorce the criteria related to environmental performance of a building from its overall form through the use of Fresnel reflector geometry. Acting as an urban beacon, the dynamic form allows visitors and citizens a quick means of orientation and wayfinding in the bustling city below. Mathematically derived, the shape of the tower is internally coherent and consistent, yet its changing silhouette from various civic vantage points makes for a dynamic urbanism. The variation of shape and skin porosity presents a fluid and changing image to the city, representing not only the precinct’s cultural and economic history, but also its potential for future growth. It will be a bold exemplar of urban solar technology, generating enough electricity to supply its own needs in addition to those of the surrounding environs.

About The Designer

Cameron Wu is Associate Professor of Architecture and teaches in the core architecture studio sequence and the core lecture/workshop course Projective Representation in Architecture. That course aims to provide the historical background, critical instruments, and technical tools to imagine and represent with precision the continually expanding repertoire of three-dimensional architectural form. Wu's professional practice experience has included work with James Carpenter Design Associates (New York), where his key projects included The Israel Museum Jerusalem campus renewal and expansion and a glazed gridshell canopy at 880 Broadway in San Diego, in collaboation with Schlaich Bergermann and Partner structural engineers. Independently, he has designed residential projects in Virginia, Maine, and Ghana.

Wu received his B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, and his MArch from the GSD.