Taiwan’s smog-eating twisting tower will feature luxury apartments — take a look inside

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The Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower by Vincent Callebaut Architectures in Taipei, Taiwan.
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A twisting, smog-eating tower is going up in Taipei, Taiwan.

On the outside, 23,000 trees and shrubs – nearly the same amount found in New York’s Central Park – will fill the skyscraper’s facade, roof, and balconies. And inside, it will feature 40 luxury condos.

The plants will absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year – the equivalent of about 27 cars, lead designer Vincent Callebaut tells Business Insider.

Called the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower, it’s set to open by September 2017. Take look inside.


The 455,694-square-foot structure, a double-helix twisting 90-degrees from base to top, is modeled on a DNA strand, Callebaut says.

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The 20-story skyscraper will sit in the XinYi District, in the heart of Taipei City.

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The photo on the right is what the tower will look like once the trees and shrubs are planted.

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The balconies will be covered in plants, which the firm claims will absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Taiwan produced over 260 million tons of CO2 in 2008, the latest year data is available.

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Source: International Energy Agency


The plants will continue inside to the tower’s hallways, complete with a glass floor.

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Each unit will include a living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, and multiple bedrooms with walk-in closets.

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Two penthouses will each stretch 5,920 square feet.

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Residents will have a stunning view of Taipei from their terraces …

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… and they can go for a swim in the skyscraper’s indoor pool.

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Other amenities will include a garage and a fitness center—both naturally ventilated and lit.

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Though it won’t take care of nearly all the smog in Taiwan, the beautiful tower will be a small step toward a more sustainable future.

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Construction started in 2013, and is expected to be complete in September 2017.

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