Star Place Facade


Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2006–2008

Technically acting as a sunscreen and weather barrier the curved façade is fully glazed and combines the curtain wall glazing with horizontal lamellas and vertical glass fins. The position and size of each of the façade elements are derived from a twisted frame system, which is related to the interior organisation of the building. The concave front of the building displays different fluent forms when seen from varying distances and directs the visual field of the customers traveling on the spiraling escalators. Edge-lighting for the vertical glass fins spreads soft colours onto the façade by night. The lighting intensity and colour effects are digitally controlled and choreographed adding another layer of fluidity to the building’s skin.
See also: Star Place interior


Client: President Group, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Location: : Kaohsiung Star Place, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Programme: Luxurious shopping plaza
Design of exterior: Façades and lighting, related exterior spaces
Design of Interior: Circulation zones and Public spaces
Building surface: 25.500 m2 + 11.100 m2 for parking levels
Building volume: 135.000 m3 + 38.000 m3 for parking levels
Building site: 28050 m2
Status/Phase: realized
Photography: Christian Richters

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Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Astrid Piber with Ger Gijzen, Christian Veddeler, Mirko Bergmann, Albert Gnodde, Sebastian Schott, Freddy Koelemeijer, Katja Groeger, Jirka Bars, Andreas Brink, Simon Kortemeier, Shu Yan Chan

Lighting design: UNStudio, ArupLighting, Amsterdam
Façade animation content: UNStudio, Lightlife (Cologne,Germany), Alliance Optotek Corporation (Hsinchu, Taiwan)
Executive Architects: HCF Architects, Planners & Associates, Taipei, Taiwan
Interior Design: Dynasty Design Corp, Taipei, Taiwan
Design Coordination: Mulberry Planning and Design, Taipei, Taiwan
Lighting execution: Alliance Optotek Corporation, Hsinchu, Taiwan