Architects: Kris Yao | Artech Architects
Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
Design Team: Glen Lu, Hua-Yi Chang, Po-Wen Hsiao, Sid Peng, Chao-Li Hsu, Wesley Fang, Wei-Chung Hsu, Liang-Tzu Chen, Jerry Chang, Tzongming Chan, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo, Jeff Lai, Ming-Chin Li, Peter Chen, Su-Ping Lo
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng
Project Area: 26,849 sqm
Structural: Federal Engineering Consultants, Ltd
Site Area: 42,039
The project’s site spans across the center of the campus with the library, gymnasium, and other underground cultural center and conference center occupying the east and west side. The simple yet rich architecture aims to maintain the innovative spirit of the school.
The gymnasium in the west is designed with a double height corridor to connect the exterior of the school and the interior green space. The volume differentiates varying sizes of exercise spaces through the intertwining of transparent metal mesh above and solid concrete that extends from the bottom. The different program spaces of management and reading are emphasized through juxtaposing front and back volumes that create the overall architecture of the library. Both buildings have similar façades that face the green courtyard space, however the forms on the two sides of the sky plaza have contrasting elevation expressions – one receding and another protruding to create a dialogue between the activity space and quiet space. The asymmetric line of skylights above the green space echoes the form of the mountains of Tachih.
The outdoor stairs for reaching the third floor plaza are designed for both the gymnasium and the library, reflecting the trend of all campus architecture to be eventually all connected by sky bridges. The public spaces are therefore more fluid and open, unlike traditional individualistic architecture style.