As the Taipei American School is located in a quiet residential area, the project team were required to keep noise, vibration and overall impact to the surrounding neighbourhood to a minimum during construction, in order to maintain its positive relationship with the community. Safety was also a crucial consideration throughout the project. “The Tech Cube is located on campus just between the track and baseball fields, and construction vehicles needed to cut across the main route of students,” explains Huang. “To resolve this, we suggested building a temporary steel bridge structure to provide a safe pathway for students.”
The Tech Cube is also designed to be flexible for future needs. A permanent crane hangs from the fifth-floor ceiling and can extend outside of the building, which will allow the school to bring in new machinery as technology advances. The building facade is transparent, adds Huang, so students working inside can easily see the surrounding environment, and plenty of light illuminates their tinkering. “This was designed to be a living building,” he says.