Milan-based architects Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners (APVC) has designed a 56-storey skyscraper that takes cues from the shape of bamboo shoots. The Italian firm was retained by local developers Riant Capital Limited, who will inject the 280-metre-tall tower with two luxury hotels and a retail podium.

Taipei Sky Tower, image via Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners

The form of the Taipei Sky Tower also references the pleats of Greek columns, aiming to blend "some of the oldest elements from the East and West in modern harmony," reads a press release. The Park Hyatt Taipei will join another Hyatt-branded hotel, Taipei Andaz, in the same complex. Each hotel will have its own personality, with APVC designing the Park Hyatt Taipei, and Shanghai design practice Neri&Hu overseeing the Taipei Andaz.

Taipei Sky Tower, image via Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners

Riant Capital invited eight international hotel groups to bid for the operation rights in the tower while also soliciting architecture practices from London, New York, Milan, Tokyo and Hong Kong to contribute their own concepts. The 500-key development will become the hotelier's first dual-branded luxury project in Asia. Tokyo and Shanghai are currently the only two cities on the continent to play host to both a Park Hyatt and Andaz hotel. The developer says the Taipei Sky Tower is scheduled to be completed in 2020. 

Taipei Sky Tower, image via Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners

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