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The Wind Lion Plaza, Kinmen

First sustainable mixed-use commercial development in Kinmen

The Wind Lion Plaza, named after Kinmen’s native deity, is part of a 50-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project between Taiwan’s Kinmen County Government and Taiwan Land Development Corporation (TLDC) – a first in this outlying island territory.

Arup’s integrated design approach, covering architecture, structure, MEP, façade and building sustainability, LEED® design services, is shaping the design and implementation of this strategically important project for both Taiwan and Mainland China.

Strategically important

Although this project is only 2 km from Xiamen on the Chinese mainland, its new major commercial and leisure development hopes to attract tourists from both sides of the Formosa Strait and is just 0.2 km from the airport for international visitors. 

Project Summary


216,000 GFA of retail, entertainment and hotel facilities

1stsustainable mixed-use development in Kinmen

The mixed-use commercial development was designed to boost Kinmen’s tourism and economy. © Dirk Heindoerfer

This 7.45ha lot is being built in three phases, which comprise a duty-free shopping mall, a cinema, a logistics centre already open to the public, phase 2 will feature a design hotel and supporting facilities while phase 3 will include a multifunctional convention centre and flagship stores.

Elegant weaving patterns are clearly seen on the pre-cast façades of the Phase 1 buildings with pockets of space in between illuminated by back light. The central plaza is ‘animated’ by the surrounding LED lighting and screens and is designed as a social space for events or even concerts.

Sustainable development

In terms of sustainability strategies, the site’s topography was carefully analysed to reduce excavation and massing, and orientation of the buildings respond to microclimate conditions to ensure year-round comfort.

Local biodiversity has also been taken into account in its landscape and energy-saving measures such as renewable energy sources, passive daylighting, natural ventilation and water recycling have also been employed, making this project the first sustainable mixed-use commercial development in Kinmen.