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Mecanoo Wins Competition to Design Tainan Public Library

12:00 - 22 February, 2016
Mecanoo Wins Competition to Design Tainan Public Library, South East Facade. Image © Mecanoo architecten
South East Facade. Image © Mecanoo architecten

Mecanoo architecten and MAYU architects+ have won a competition to design the new Tainan Public Library in Taiwan. Their winning design "represents the meeting of cultures, generations and histories," says the architects. It will feature an inverted stepped facade that houses reading rooms, special collections, study spaces, a children’s area, café, conference hall, a 200-seat auditorium, and public courtyards. 

South West Facade. Image © Mecanoo architecten Main Entrance. Image © Mecanoo architecten Fourth Level Reading Space. Image © Mecanoo architecten Conference Center. Image © Mecanoo architecten +7

Empty Oil Cans May Not Be the Reason for Tainan Building Collapse

16:00 - 9 February, 2016
Empty Oil Cans May Not Be the Reason for Tainan Building Collapse, via CNN
via CNN

With a death toll that may exceed 100, the unfortunate collapse of the 17-story Weiguan Jinlong (Golden Dragon) apartment complex in Tainan this past Saturday has caused some major confusion. As the BBC reports, the 200-unit building, built in 1983 by a construction company that has since gone out of business, crumbled after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake while surrounding buildings remained unscathed. Though some are suspicious of the use of empty oil cans as fillers in the concrete pillars, structural engineers do not believe that to be the cause. The building is under investigation for "shoddy construction." Its developer (Lin Ming-hui) has been detained on charges of negligence leading to death. 

Mortuary Services Office in Kaohsiung City / C.M. Chao Architect & Planners

20:00 - 8 February, 2016
Mortuary Services Office in Kaohsiung City / C.M. Chao Architect & Planners, Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners
Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners
  • Architects

  • Location

    Qijin 3rd Rd, Qijin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 805
  • Design Team

    X.P. Zheng, B.J. Hou, H.W. He, Y.X. Zhong, Z.W. Chen, S.J. Lin
  • Area

    2352.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners

Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners +23

A'tolan House / Create + Think Design Studio

22:00 - 3 February, 2016
A'tolan House / Create + Think Design Studio, Courtesy of Create + Think Design Studio
Courtesy of Create + Think Design Studio

Courtesy of Create + Think Design Studio Courtesy of Create + Think Design Studio Courtesy of Create + Think Design Studio Courtesy of Create + Think Design Studio +34

Incubation Reception Center / Ching Chi Design + Leo-construction designing department + Xuxian Rui Architects Office

19:00 - 18 January, 2016
Incubation Reception Center  / Ching Chi Design + Leo-construction designing department + Xuxian Rui Architects Office, © Liu,Chung Ying
© Liu,Chung Ying

© Liu,Chung Ying © Liu,Chung Ying © Liu,Chung Ying © Liu,Chung Ying +30

Family House in Taipei / Preposition Architecture

15:00 - 13 January, 2016
Family House in Taipei / Preposition Architecture, Courtesy of Preposition Architecture
Courtesy of Preposition Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • Collaborators

    Chia-hua Liu, Wen-bin Zhou, Chia-xiong Wu
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Preposition Architecture

Courtesy of Preposition Architecture Courtesy of Preposition Architecture Courtesy of Preposition Architecture Courtesy of Preposition Architecture +33

Apartment Complex in Qiyan / LRH Architects

05:00 - 10 January, 2016
Apartment Complex in Qiyan / LRH Architects, © Highlite Images
© Highlite Images
  • Architect

  • Address

    Taiwan, Taibei City, Quyan, Beitou
  • Year

    2015
  • Photographer

    Highlite Images

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The Realm of Confluence / Cai-In Interior Design

19:00 - 7 January, 2016
The Realm of Confluence / Cai-In Interior Design, © Kyle Yu
© Kyle Yu
  • Architects

  • Location

    New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Design Team

    Chin-Feng Wu, Chih-Sheng Fan
  • Area

    1670.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Kyle Yu © Kyle Yu © Kyle Yu © Kyle Yu +10

Block Village / HAO Design

22:00 - 8 December, 2015
Block Village / HAO Design, © Hey!Cheese
© Hey!Cheese
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Area

    40.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese +26

Changhua Station THSR / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

22:00 - 2 December, 2015
Changhua Station THSR / KRIS YAO | ARTECH, © Jeffrey Cheng
© Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng +19

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

© Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese +22

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

© Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese +27

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.