The Family Playground / HAO Design

22:00 - 23 November, 2015
© Hey!Cheese
© Hey!Cheese
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Area

    138.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Call for Entries: Tainan Public Library Design Competition

14:00 - 15 November, 2015
Call for Entries: Tainan Public Library Design Competition , Courtesy of Tainan City Government
Courtesy of Tainan City Government

The Tainan City Government in Taiwan has launched an international design competition for its Tainan Public Library Project, a key factor in the cultural development of Tainan.

The Lego Play Pond / HAO Design

22:00 - 13 November, 2015
The Lego Play Pond  / HAO Design, © Hey!Cheese
© Hey!Cheese
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Area

    122.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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MVRDV Wins Competition to Build An Urban Lagoon in Taiwan

12:00 - 13 November, 2015
Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG
Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG

MVRDV, working alongside The Urbanist Collective and LLJ Architects, has been selected in a competition to transform downtown Tainan in Taiwan with their design for new green corridor and urban lagoon connecting the city to its waterfront. Transforming the area of Tainan known as the T-axis, the design will see the city's Haian Road turned into a public park and connected to the city's canal by demolishing the existing China-Town Mall, a commercial structure built alongside the canal in 1983 and described by MVRDV as a "rotten tooth of downtown Tainan."

Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG +17

Hualien Residence / BIG

15:30 - 5 November, 2015
Hualien Residence  / BIG, © BIG
© BIG

BIG's "most mountainous project yet" has completed its first home outside of Hualien City on Taiwan's East Coast. The striated vacation housing project, built to resemble "Taiwan's spine of mountains to the west," is being developed by the Taiwan Land Development Corporation as a dense new neighborhood that "preserves and enhances the beauty of the surrounding nature" and offers "an active and social lifestyle outside the city."

The first model unit to complete, the 1000-square-meter home provides a first-hand look into life at the Hualien Residences with custom furniture designed by KiBiSi and an efficient layout shaped by the a distinct narrow floor plate covered in vegetation that plays into the development's overarching "folding hill structure."

UNStudio Proposes User-Centric Design for the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

08:00 - 4 November, 2015
UNStudio Proposes User-Centric Design for the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of UNStudio
Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of UNStudio

Following the selection of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partnersproposal for the Taiwan Taouyuan International Airport as the winning design, UNStudio has released their own proposal, which received 2nd place. Called the “most innovative design concept” and the design that the jury “wanted to experience the most” by Michael Sparks (jury member and Dean and Professor at Syracuse University), the proposal, with a design team headed by Ben Van Berkel, re-imagines the scale of the airport typology. Read more about their shortlisted entry after the break.

Interior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Interior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Interior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of UNStudio +13

DN Innovacion - Visual Taste / Very Space International

19:00 - 2 November, 2015
DN Innovacion - Visual Taste / Very Space International, Courtesy of Very Space International
Courtesy of Very Space International
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    LIOU RUNG-LU
  • Area

    377.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Very Space International

Courtesy of Very Space International Courtesy of Very Space International Courtesy of Very Space International Courtesy of Very Space International +12

RSHP Wins Competition to Expand Taiwan's Largest Airport

12:00 - 2 November, 2015
RSHP Wins Competition to Expand Taiwan's Largest Airport , © Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
© Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has won an international competition to expand the Taoyuan International Airport - Taiwan's largest airport, formally known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport. Their winning scheme for the airport's new Terminal 3 building won the jury over for its "outstanding and innovative planning and design and highly efficient circulation," according the airport's official press release

"The most compelling feature of their design is an interior experience that fluctuates and moves up and down to reflect changes in the users," said the report. 

Wanhua Reception Center / CYS.ASDO

19:00 - 21 October, 2015
Wanhua Reception Center / CYS.ASDO, © K. M. Lee
© K. M. Lee
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    Chung-Yei Sheng
  • Design Team

    Jill Yang, Orange Kang, Peggy Chiang, Adolfo de Antonio
  • Area

    1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© K. M. Lee © K. M. Lee © K. M. Lee © K. M. Lee +31

Open Call: The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition

02:30 - 12 October, 2015
Open Call: The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition, The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition
The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition

The Earth God (Tu Di Gong / 土地公) Temple, the symbol of humans' respect for Nature, exists in harmony and as one with the land and environment. However, current urban development practices have caused the gradual shrinking of this civic and religious center, as the property has been frequently ceded to the city under expropriation regulations. In response to this issue, Tai Square Arts and Aesthetics Association has organized the "Earth God Temple Student Design Competition", inviting young students with creativity and ideas to evaluate and provide a solution that will improve the situation of the temple and its surrounding

2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced

07:00 - 6 October, 2015
2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced, The Jane; Belgium / Studio Piet Boon. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
The Jane; Belgium / Studio Piet Boon. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

The winners of the seventh annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards—the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces—have been announced in London. Out of over 860 entries from the United Kingdom and 70 other countries, 36 designs were awarded, with two grand prize winners.

The winners of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are:

Just Sleep Jiaoxi / LRH ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES

19:00 - 1 October, 2015
Just Sleep Jiaoxi / LRH ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES, © Highlite Images
© Highlite Images
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 262
  • Architect in Charge

    Li-Ren Hsiao,Yi-Ling Wu
  • Design Team

    Bo-Han Huang, Shin-Fa Hung, In-Chi Chen
  • Interior Design

    Rich Honour International Design Co., Ltd.
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Richard Meier-Designed Skyscraper Underway in Taipei

12:19 - 22 September, 2015
Richard Meier-Designed Skyscraper Underway in Taipei, © Vize.com; Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects
© Vize.com; Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled plans for a 127-meter-tall tower in Taipei. Already under construction, the CDC “55 Timeless” Xin-Yi residential skyscraper will be comprised of two volumes: a solid north tower and transparent south tower. 

"The solid north volume contains the core of the residential units that flows towards the transparent south volume, which is a natural light-filled space where living, social and the more public programs are located," says the practice. "A carefully crafted geometric organization allows viewing corridors towards the mountains in the far distance."

Chupei Reception Center / CYS.ASDO

19:00 - 15 September, 2015
Chupei Reception Center / CYS.ASDO, © K. M. Lee
© K. M. Lee
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
  • Architect in Charge

    Chung-Yei Sheng
  • Design Team

    Jill Yang, Orange Kang, Peggy Chiang
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© K. M. Lee © K. M. Lee © K. M. Lee © K. M. Lee +22

Kaohsiung American School / MAYU architects

22:00 - 3 September, 2015
Kaohsiung American School / MAYU architects, © Guei-Shiang Ke
© Guei-Shiang Ke
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Architects in Charge

    Malone Chang, Yu-lin Chen
  • Area

    6208.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Guei-Shiang Ke © Guei-Shiang Ke © Guei-Shiang Ke © Guei-Shiang Ke +47

In Progress: National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts / Mecanoo

02:00 - 1 September, 2015
In Progress: National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts / Mecanoo, Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo
  • Architects

  • Location

    No. 7, Zhongzheng 1st Road, Lingya District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 802
  • Area

    141000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Mecanoo

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Taipei 101 Sets New Record During Typhoon Soudelor

14:30 - 17 August, 2015

Taipei 101, once the world's tallest building before losing the title to the Burj Khalifa, has set a new record. As Popular Mechanics reports, the 1,667-foot-tall skyscraper's internal "tuned mass damper" swayed more than it ever has before in last week's Typhoon Soudelor. Also known as a "harmonic absorber," the massive damper moved a full meter from its central position at the tower's top in an effort to keep Taipei 101 upright during the early morning storm's 100 to 145 mph winds.

The weighted ball, measuring 18-feet in diameter and weighing 728 tons, sits on hydraulic cylinders suspended between the 87th and 92nd floors. It was engineered for winds up to 135 mph. Watch the damper (and building) sway in the video below. 

Zaha Hadid Architects Win Danjiang Bridge Competition in Taiwan

14:27 - 14 August, 2015
Zaha Hadid Architects Win Danjiang Bridge Competition in Taiwan, © Danjiang Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects, render by MIR
© Danjiang Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects, render by MIR

Zaha Hadid Architects has been announced as winner of the Danjiang Bridge International Competition in Taiwan. The new bridge was designed to "make a conspicuous landmark against the backdrop of Tamsui's famous sunset," says ZHA director Patrik Schumacher. It will be comprised of a cable-stayed bridge design that will minimize its "visual impact" by needing only one concrete structural mass to support its 920-meter-long span.

"The Danjiang Bridge will be the world’s longest single-tower, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge," said ZHA in a press release. Read on to see how the bridge will be constructed.