Taiwan Science Complex

Our proposal for the Centers for Disease Control develop a response to a wide range of functional requirements by expressing the scientific nature of disease, its physical and conceptual structures, and the research methodologies used to understand disease.

Four linear buildings provide increased surface area for day lighting almost all program spaces.  Sun screens and high performance glazing moderate heat gain.  The first two levels house primarily administrative, public service and emergency functions.  Four towers emerge from each linear building to house increasing critical or toxic lab functions.  Service cores centralize vertical circulation, mechanical chases, restrooms and emergency exhaust systems.  From the main entry at the southeast corner, a large foyer welcomes the public.  A grand stair leads to the auditorium level.  Parking is placed in two below-grade levels, allowing access to the lower level auditorium and ground level foyer.  At ground level, the outward flaring of the tall screen to the south acts as a vertical gateway as the entry becomes an extension of the greenway path.

At the interactive, symbolic, expressive core of the project is a circulation screen bridging the long south east edge of the site.  This screening element binds a horizontally and vertically weaving circulation spine, filtering and controlling degrees of public and private access.  Visitors coming to the Center will be crucial to its success.  From private companies, to the academic community and general public, various degrees of access will be allowed.  More importantly, the screen and corridors which branch off form an intriguing path to be explored and, instill a sense of transparency to the work at the complex.    At key moments, corridor paths penetrate the cell wall of the linear buildings to allow deeper views into specified labs at different levels.  As per the program, the public journey culminates in a view of the  BSL-3 lab at the top of a tower.  At the same time, scientists and administrators are able to control degrees of access into the deep layout perpendicular to the main passages as well as enjoy informal meetings and breaks at the peripheral screen spaces.

Four types of screen modules , (A, T, C, & G), containing varying densities of evenly staggered hole patterns, varying in depth and interval express layers of function, circulation, public and private.  The screens are made of bamboo plywood; inexpensive, highly sustainable and wonderfully tactile.  The outer layer is a graceful curtain wall.  Large openings in the long screen provide outdoor terraces and views to the mountains beyond.  They also reveal the color coded ceramic interior panels which replace the cement boards when the linear buildings come under the cover and, adjacent to, the screen.  The colors express the range and interweaving of program.  Autos driving on the parkway and, pedestrians in the green belt coming from the train station or from the campus to the east, will see the tall, folded plates of bamboo behind the glass curtain wall.  The large apertures then reveal the dense, complex and open nature of the work being done inside.