September 8, 2023 | Updated: September 12, 2023
Located in the Datong District in Taipei (Taiwan), a privileged and fast-growing area of the city, The Crown is an exclusive apartment complex with a unique architectural design.
Destined to be a cultural icon, this 108-meter-high skyscraper stands out for the vertical fluidity and formal lightness of its exterior envelope, made with Krion® K-Life 1100 solid surface and ventilated façade systems developed by Butech.
ON-A studio and the developer Kingland Property Corporation are behind this spectacular proposal, whose main objective is to create a unique and differentiating residential landmark. "The commission basically consisted of a spectacular building that would set new architectural trends and become a landmark in the city," say the studio's co-founders, Eduardo Gutiérrez and Jordi Fernández.
By integrating luxury flats and exclusive service areas, The Crown presents a complete residential and leisure offer. Amenities include a lounge bar on the first floor; a gym, work areas and a library on the second floor; and, in the attic, a sky garden with multi-purpose spaces for social events.
Without a doubt, however, The Crown's distinguishing feature is its spectacular façade. A white outer structure is defined by fluid, sinuous forms that frame the entire volume of the building and, as a whole, form the unique "crown" that gives it its name.
The structure of The Crown is the result of a collaboration between ON-A studios, HPA ARCHITECTS & ASSOCIATES, and the specialized Butech façade team. "Krion® K-Life 1100, the material with which this envelope has been made, allows us to create any type of shape and solve all the issues that emerge in the knots of the structure, maintaining the proposed concepts of fluidity", highlight the architects responsible for the prominence of the mineral compound from PORCELANOSA in the project.
The striking external composition is made up of 250 knot modules, straight lines, diagonals and corners, shaped by different molds. To ensure the success of this proposal, a 1:1 scale prototype of a 4 m x 4.5 m double curvature knot piece was built at Butech's premises during the preparation phase. The internal structure of the façade, the fastening systems and the design of the industrialized modules were solved by Butech architects and façade engineers.