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The World's Weirdest Skyscraper May Soon Rise in Taiwan

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Renderings: Sou Fujimoto

While their Communist rivals to the north seek to scare the citizenry with nearly mile-high glass walkways, the Taiwanese are preparing to build one of the world's strangest new skyscrapers. Consisting entirely of hollow steel tubes, the structure will support a park on the roof with magnificent views, some 1,000 feet above the earth. The design, by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, won the Taiwan Tower International Competition, and reflects the architect's philosophy of Primitive Future, a hope that current green buildings will provide a model for future generations. While we can appreciate a good green roof, the use of so much steel to support merely that one function doesn't strike us as particularly eco-friendly.
· Taiwan Tower First Prize Winning Proposal / Sou Fujimoto Architects [ArchDaily via Gizmodo]
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