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THE GREEN GOLDEN JADE
FORESEEING THE FUTURE WITH UNIQUE VIEWPOINTS1
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WHERE WE START…
CHANG Da-Fang, CEO, Golden Jade Construction
There were many plants in our back yard when I was little, making it one of the most impressive part in my life as I conducted the mission assigned by my dad, to water those plants; that was the starting point when I began my stay in greenery cities which I had been in all the way until working in the Middle East. I was separate from the greens and lived in an extreme environment at that time, where high temperature hovered around the whole year so the air conditioners were always on, the only source of water was seawater desalination, sandstorms were always around so the windows were always closed, and outdoor facilities were not too affordable due to the expensive maintenance fee. Every relaxing element in the nature was way too expensive to be enjoyed.
With such an experience, Mr. CHANG was able to picture the blueprints of ideal housing after he came back to Taiwan, that is, the trendy green buildings.
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IT IS DREAMS PUSHING US FORWARD
SHEN Rui-Hsing, Senior Vice President, Golden Jade Construction
Sky Green’s architectural design has attracted much attention though many engineering approaches involved are unprecedented in Taiwan and thus require testing, consulting and cooperation, for example, garden engineering. The collaboration with WOHA requires better communication skills within our team and between WOHA and Golden Jade, making this the most difficult and most important part in the Sky Green Project. We do need sincerity and persistency to reach our innovative goal.
Sky Green’s innovative design attracts much attention; according to SHEN Rui-Hsing, branding is not easy but running a business will be more difficult without branding. Determination and persistency are what we need for innovation.
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THE CHARMS OF GREEN, THE CHALLENGE OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
CHANG Li-Jie, Executive Assistant to CEO and Vice President of Engineer, Golden Jade Construction
It’s definitely WOHA that attract him to join the Sky Green team! He recalled the memory of his trips to Germany, where he came across WOHA’s architectural exhibition for the first time. WOHA’s international points of view, strength in adding green elements to the buildings, and insights to carbon sequestration in the city by the use of plants are all impressive. They also value biodiversity, which is an urgent and important issue to a metropolitan area. We set up our greeting centre on Gongyi Road two years ago, which turned out providing inhabitation for birds and bugs and even attracting Golden Pheasant to nest. Issues on air pollution and food safety causing by the environment are getting hotter in Taichung, suggesting prompt actions and more awareness are in urgent request. Sky Green boasts its super high green coverage and expects to see more like-minded clients to join us and grow with us.
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CHALLENGES BEHIND INNOVATION
HSIEH Xing, Vice President, Golden Jade Construction
Our innovative project has gone through many challenges rather than going smoothly all the time. Professionals in different area are involved in seeking the location, designing the architecture, and constructing. Golden Jade started the project with green and sustainable concepts and proposed a clear idea to invite WOHA, the innovative team known by the world, to design the Sky Green project.
We spent a great deal of time negotiating and communicating with WOHA, especially at the first stage. To define Sky Green more precisely, it relies heavily on Golden Jade’s knowledge to the demand of local residents, which is based on our long-term local selling experience, and WOHA’s unique style of design customising for Taichung.
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A SKY GARDEN BREAKING THROUGH THE CITY BARRIERS
XIN Bo-Hong, Planning Manager, Golden Jade Construction
Among the concrete jungle of Taichung, Golden Jade strives to enrich the city with prominent colours of natures, building up a green village in the sky, the Sky Green project. By the use of sky gardens, terraces, balconies, vines, garden wall, and multiple-layer plantation, this project enhances biodiversity in the city and means to accommodate the wonders of every season and to shape a unique urban landscape. Living with the greens in Sky Green gives not only visual treatment but also environmental benefits which save the energy at home and slightly adjust the climate around, greatly improving your life quality.
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TO FULFIL CURRENT DEMAND AND TO DESIGN FOR THE FUTURE
HUANG Zhong-Xin, Mechatronic Manager, Golden Jade Construction
Sky Green boasts the green coverage of 260%, making watering an important and challenging part especially for mechatronic system. “Plants do not speak, but they still require careful care.” Global warming and climate changes also affect the plants; all people can do now is providing a more friendly environment to accommodate the plants who regulate the climate and thus improve the life quality. A green and sustainable environment could not exist without good quality of water, sufficient sunlight, nutrient, and space to grow, and well-planned irrigation system.
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WHERE HUMANS AND NATURES COEXIST IN HARMONY
HUANG Ding-Ming, Garden Engineer, Golden Jade Construction
The cost of maintaining gardening design at higher levels doubles or even triples that at the lower, mainly because the working area is highly restricted, for example, it’s necessary to gather the leaves in a bag after trimming before they can be shipped away, which greatly increases the demand for human resources and therefore cost. However, as Sky Green lives with green, we do value the maintenance and cultivation of plants.
We develop a unique garden netting system which allows the plants to live on and by, like covering the buildings with green quilt, adding greenery to the city and to some degree protecting the residential area from heat and dirt. We've invested a great amount of budget into making changes to the environment. Moreover, based on our experiment and tests, deciduous trees are chosen for higher levels to correspond to the windy nature over there and to welcome the north-eastern winds in winter. Their leaves fall down earlier when winter arrives and this allows more space for winds to go through, which enhances the safety of the residents and the plants themselves. The colours of plants are changing in every season, bringing out vibrant scenes to the buildings whose balconies are facing different directions to perceive a variety of views of floral booming.
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