Ellipse 360

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Height: Architectural 135.4 m / 444 ft
Height: Occupied 125.8 m / 413 ft
Height: To Tip 139.9 m / 459 ft
Floors Above Ground 38
Floors Below Ground 1
# of Elevators 3
Top Elevator Speed 3.5 m/s
Tower GFA 30,421 m² / 327,449 ft²
# of Apartments 47
# of Parking Spaces 106


Official Name Ellipse 360
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country/Region Taiwan
City New Taipei City
Street Address & Map No. 100, Xingfuliao, Tamsui Dist.
Postal Code 251
Building Function residential
Structural Material steel
Proposed 1993
Construction Start 2010
Completion 2013
Official Website The Ellipse 360

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Southern Land Development Co, Ltd
Design Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Architect of Record J.M. Lin Architect, P.C.
Structural Engineer
Design Columbus Engineering Co. Ltd.
MEP Engineer
Design Uni Engineering Co. Ltd
Main Contractor Chung-Lin General Contractors, Ltd.
Other Consultant
• Energy Concept Energydesign-Asia
• Lighting George Sexton Associates

About Ellipse 360

According to Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, this slender tower, elliptical in plan, is the symbolic center of a master-planned residential community currently under development on a hillside site overlooking the Tan Shui River, 20 km northwest of central Taipei. Oriented on a view axis that extends across the river toward the revered mountain of Kwan Yin, the tower’s clear and simple form serves as a focal point for the surrounding area. The Ellipse’s short southwest-northeast axis, through the building's broad face, is oriented toward Kwan Yin, while the long northwest-southeast axis overlooks downtown Taipei.

The expression of the façade is functional and direct: deeply recessed windows bound by continuous terraces edged with sunshades. While the elliptical form is a contemporary blueprint, the multi-story façade of sheltering roof-forms is evocative of traditional Taiwanese architecture. Each soffit panel, canted upward from the window line to capture the ambient light of the surrounding site, is warped in plane to mediate between the geometries of window line and balcony edge.

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