2021 | Professional

MUSE Design Awards Gold Winner

Babbuza Dreamfactory

Entrant Company

SHUTER Enterprise Co. Ltd

Category

Architectural Design - Commercial Building

Client's Name

Yira Wu

Country / Region

Taiwan

The Babbuza Dreamfactory embodies a building concept unique to the manufacturing sector. It combines contemporary structural design and aesthetics with a natural material: wood. The design of the Shuter Babbuza Dreamfactory is inspired by the banyan tree, which has for centuries been regarded in Taiwan as an important symbol of shelter and strength. The 30.8-meter-tall spruce structure (aptly named the Tree of Life) stands stately and supportive in the center of the building. The enormous trunk of the Tree of Life is rooted deep into the ground of the Nantou County mountainside on which Babbuza Dreamfactory stands. At the same time, a 350-meter-long human-accessible skywalk wraps around the trunk.



This groundbreaking architectural project represents Shuter’s efforts to solve the ecological imbalances created due to current manufacturing systems. The spruce used to craft the Tree of Life, for example, is free from stains or paint–allowing it to breathe–and it sits in a building that embraces carbon neutrality. The walls of the deceptively box-like manufacturing complex are made of translucent polycarbonate, which allows air and sunlight to flow naturally throughout the manufacturing space. Conceptually, this unique coating represents both the upper layers of a forest canopy while simultaneously symbolizing the various types of translucent plastic products made by Shuter Enterprise.



The roof of Babbuza Dreamfactory is lined with a 4,030 sqm solar photovoltaic energy system that can generate up to 1000 kW of power. This energy feeds into the national grid. The rainwater harvesting system recycles 228,650 liters of water. The factory features a world-first crane-less ASRS (Automatic Storage Retrieval System)–the highest in the world at 46-meters-tall–that uses state-of-the-art robotics to stack and store heavy products. An automated painting facility uses the latest in robotic technology, significantly shortens production times, and protects the health of employees. At over 15,000 square meters, Babbuza Dreamfactory is also set to become the most significant tourist factory in Taiwan. Shuter is partnering with MIT (Made in Taiwan) brands, designers, craftspeople, restaurateurs, government agencies, and indigenous communities to create exciting retail and education spaces inside the Babbuza Dreamfactory open to the public.

Credits

Lead Architect
Brad Williamson
Project Architect
Thomas Tsui
Wooden Structure Engineer
C.C. Yao
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