The "Taiwan Tower" by Romanian firm Dorin Stefan Birou Arhitectura almost looks too far-fetched to be real. In fact, it looks like it was plucked straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, like the Matrix. Crazy thing is, construction is set to start as early as 2012 on the 390-meter tower, designed to serve as an observation deck, office tower, museum, and urban park.
The project was inspired by the leaf, the shape of the island of Taiwan, and other Taiwanese symbols. Eight zeppelin-like elevators serve as observation decks for the tower and run on a track positioned vertically in a strong electro‐magnetic field. Each deck can carry from 50 to 80 people up to the top for stunning views of the city.
The tower houses vertical axis wind turbines and a facade covered in photovoltaic powers for renewable energy generation. Geothermal heat pumps help reduce the energy needed to heat and cool the facility, while fiber optic cables bring natural light into the museum.