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The Swallows Nest cultural center in Taichung, Taiwan employs bioclimatic architectural elements and complex geometry with a goal of being a zero carbon emission structure. Designed by Vincent Callebaut, the eight-story building is twisted into the shape of a three-dimensional Möbius’ ring that is lifted off the ground on three super strong pillars.
Building-integrated photovoltaic panels generate energy, while low-E glass windows bring in natural light and provide thermal massing. Three vertical gardens climb up the pillars in the vegetated entrance area. The pillars are separated by slabs with glass-covered joints that allow visitors to see the cores from the ground floor to the roof, which supports a solar array.