Taipei Performing Arts Center / Kokkugia

We have featured several designs for the Performing Arts Center (such as the winning proposal by OMA previously featured on AD), and our latest project is from Kokkugia, a New York and London based architecture firm.  ’s form, which is based on the location’s unique geography, is a compelling composition that attempts to create “a dynamic venue and a public space of spectacle.”   The slight slope of the site in emphasized in the form, as visitors enter from under the building.  The interior aims to create the best possible acoustics.  The roof is a network of semi-autonomous agents that reorganize to adjust so that the roof maintains some of its original geometry and other parts shift freely.

More images after the break.

As seen on designboom

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Taipei Performing Arts Center / Kokkugia" 27 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • shyoon

    How many performing arts center in Taipei? RT @archdaily Taipei Performing Arts Center / Kokkugia

  • Steven

    There is a mistake in the text.
    OMA won the competition for Taipei Performing Arts Center
    Reiser + Umemoto won the Taipei Pop Music Center competition
    Those are two different competitions

  • beefei
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  • Ghar

    The design looks combination of Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry

  • RGoldschmidt

    I realy like this building. You did a good work Kokkugia!

  • up_today_arch

    To Ghar… it is not combination of Z.H. and F.G. Generally, we have main architectural process, one for all architects, who think about the progress. And we have 20 persons, who presents most important projects. But, just middle level architects forms the process. Star architects may use one or another side of steame and made it as basic idea of creativity.

  • RJC

    lovely visuals i might add

  • scmast

    i do love the work of Gaussian Blur in the pic!

  • Tosh

    So.. why do you need that on top? Because as I understand from the renders – the space below the roof is not air tight?

    • POD

      Right, good for martians,skyscreapers chiefs and pilots, but no use technicaly and no use aesteticaly for normal pedestrian which would walk downstars and would see nothing.

    • fecsx

      for rainwater collection

  • Yorik

    At least this is a “free-form thing” that proposes a good volume work, specially the duality between the free-form roof and the solid concrete base.

  • zoydi

    Exterior – too much, interior – nice. Imho…

  • deed

    Very sci-ARC-ish.

  • fabio

    I’m wondering which are our aims. A single photogram of “avatar” worths thousands of these “CG” projects… Are we trying to get a job in pixar’s industries? If it’s so, there is a lot to learn, otherwise I guess this nice images are quite useless.

  • Alex G

    Gehry wannabe, but the structure suporting the roof is quite interesting.

  • hyon

    “..not being able to create art, they will not understand art…”

    This is an amazing piece of work. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

  • ab

    Formal guff

  • Kristi Bernick

    I am always very interested in how architects/designers solve the acoustic control problems in an auditorium. I love the attention to detail Kokkugia used when designing the pattern texture on the auditorium walls.

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  • Wanwan

    The first pic looks like a giant sheet of bent metal stuck on a roof.

  • jp

    quite frankly, the ignorance of these tween architect wannabe students really pisses me off.

    just goes to show what kind of readers this site gets.

    • gpg

      pisses me off too.. if only they’d care to look up who they r dissing..