Over the last several decades Taiwan's financial institutions have grown in sophistication and have offered an increasing number of products and services. Many of the largest institutions have a global presence in many areas of business. The founding chairman of one of Taiwan's largest financial institutions commissioned a well-known Taiwanese real estate developer, Continental Holdings Corp., to build a standalone luxury high-rise residential tower for him and his family. Daan District, located in the western portion of Taiwan's national capital Taipei, was chosen for the project. One of Taipei's major thoroughfares, Renai Road, was chosen for its lush tree-lined streets. Unique for a project of this type even in a very seismically active area, Renai Residential Tower was given stringent earthquake performance criteria significantly beyond what was required from the building code.
In the case of occasional large earthquakes (statistically occurring once every 72 years), conventional buildings (such as residential towers) are normally designed to be standing but not suitable for long-term occupation (therefore preserving life long enough for escape). In the case of rare large earthquakes (once every 475 years), essential facilities such as power plants and hospitals are normally designed to be standing and fully functional. Renai Residential Tower was designed to be standing and fully functional in the case of a very rare, large earthquake (once every 950 years). Renai Residential Tower was completed in December 2006.
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Gross Building Area: 13,000 m^2
Scope of Service: Schematic design through construction documents
Client: Continental Holdings Corp.
Architect: Kris Yao | Artech (Taipei, Taiwan)