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The port city Kaohsiung located in southern Taiwan is transforming itself from an industrial town to a multi-functional business-trading city. The China Steel Corporation Headquarters is situated in an area adjacent to the port, where the largest urban development in Kaohsiung in recent years is taking place. This area will facilitate functions ranging from transportation, logistics and trading to culture, recreation and institution. The headquarters will be an integral element of this new area, and will also become the new landmark for the Kaohsiung Port.The building is composed of four square tubes bundled together by a shared central core. Each tube is turned 12.5 degrees in increments of eight stories, forming a dynamic geometry. The exterior mega-bracings span every eight stories, with their tiebacks forming terraces on every interval. The diamond-shaped double skin curtain wall allows for optimized natural lighting and ventilation that reduces heat-gain, minimizes energy consumption and shields traffic noise in this warm urban climate. On the ground level, the square tower sits on a round water pond at the center of the site. The remaining site is densely landscaped with trees to provide a comfortable pedestrian environment.
Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.Text by Steve Smith.