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Taipei Univesity Library / LIAO Architect & Associates

© Xiao Xiong Liang Yan photography © Xiao Xiong Liang Yan photography © Xiao Xiong Liang Yan photography © Xiao Xiong Liang Yan photography

Taiwan Photon Source Accelerator Facilities / J. J. Pan & Partners

  • Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
  • Location: National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
  • Design Team: Joshua J. Pan, Chung-Tsai Huang, Chungwei Su, I-Li Mao, Steven B.J. Chen, Hsueh-Fen Chien, Shu-Chiao Hsu, Chia-Wei Ting, Sheng-Pin Lin, Hsiao-Yuen Wu, Heng-Yuan Hong, Liang-Chen Hung, Chia-Chen Wang, Jing-Pong Chen, Wei Kao, Yuen-Lin Chang, Yi-Chyau Su, Fang-Chen Wu, Cheng-En Wang, Chin-Chiu Chiu, Cheng-Chih Kao, Wei-Chieh Liu, Hung-Lin Wei, Chih-Rong Chen, You-Jan Yan, Yen-Wei Chang, Shen-Che Su, Chao-Yi Liao, Chen-Yang Chang, Dan Hsin
  • Building Contractor: Kedge Construction Co., Ltd., E&C Engineering Corporation
  • Area: 54835.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Wei-Shih Hsieh

© Wei-Shih Hsieh © Wei-Shih Hsieh © Wei-Shih Hsieh © Wei-Shih Hsieh

The Pacific House / Wang, Pe-Jen Architects

  • Architects: Wang, Pe-Jen Architects
  • Location: Taitung County, Taiwan
  • Area: 252.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Wang, Pe Jen

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Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung has temporarily “pulled the plug” on Sou Fujimoto’s ambitious Taiwan Tower, saying he would rather pay a penalty for breaking the contract than spend an estimated NT$15 billion to realize the “problematic” project. 

The Banyan tree-inspired tower was hoped to become the “Taiwanese version of the Eiffel Tower,” as well as a model for sustainable architecture by achieving LEED Gold with its energy producing features. Its steel superstructure, which proposed to hoist a triangular section of the Taichung Gateway Park’s greenbelt 300-meters into the air, intentionally had “no obvious form” and was to be perceived as a natural phenomenon. 

WoodTek HQ / Origin

  • Architects: Origin
  • Location: Fuyu Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407
  • Assembled Consultant: Logworks - www.logworks.ca
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio

© Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio

Red Dot Hotel / Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen

  • Architects: Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen
  • Location: Taichung City, Taiwan
  • Interior Design Team: Steven Wu; Michael Hsu; Lin Yu-hsuan
  • Site Area: 600 sqm
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andrew Chang / Double Hong

© Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong

Taipei Flora Expo Pavilions / Bio-architecture Formosana

  • Architects: Bio-architecture Formosana
  • Location: Xinsheng Park, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Area: 6185.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

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Siu Siu – Lab of Primitive Senses / DIVOOE ZEIN Architects

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Street Canvas / TA architect

  • Architects: TA architect
  • Location: Tainan City, Taiwan
  • Architect In Charge: Tung Yuh Kuan
  • Area: 298.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tung Yuh Kuan

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House F / URBANWASABI

  • Architects: URBANWASABI
  • Location: Tainan City, Taiwan
  • Architect In Charge: Fang Wei
  • Design Team: Lee Yun-Chen , Weng Jo-Ting
  • Area: 280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of URBANWASABI

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Miaoli Station / Bio-architecture Formosana

  • Architects: Bio-architecture Formosana
  • Location: No.1, Weigong Rd., Miaoli City, Miaoli County 360, Taiwan
  • Area: 2756.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

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In Progress: Palace Museum-Southern Branch / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

  • Architects: KRIS YAO | ARTECH
  • Location: Chiayi, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Kuo-Chien Shen, Frank Lu, Max Chen, Winnie Wang, Ting-Tseng Shen, Jake Sun, Wen-Li Liu, Ting-Fung Ho, Wen-Ling Liao, Miya Yu, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo, Calvin Chen, Yi-Seng Tsai
  • Area: 38413.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: National Palace Museum, Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH, Jeffrey Cheng

Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Their First Building in Taiwan

Richard Meier & Partners has revealed their first ever building in Taiwan, a 163-meter apartment building close to the center of Taichung. Offering 110 apartments with views over Taichung City Hall, the Opera House, and the Convention Center, the tower is composed of two towers connected by a central circulation core. The north tower is the taller section, with a geometric appearance that responds to the more built-up area to the north of the building. The south tower, which faces an area of smaller-scale residential buildings, features an expressive facade of translucent glass.

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Steven Holl Granted Approval for Taiwan ChinPaoSan Necropolis

Steven Holl Architects’ schematic design for the Taiwan ChinPaoSan Necropolis has been approved. The scheme, planned for an oceanfront property just 40 minutes from Taipei, will provide a new arrival hall to serve the complex’s 10,000 existing burial sites and an oceanic pavilion for an additional 150,000 ashbox sites.  

More than 30 schemes were considered, however Holl’s watercolor explorations lead to the approved idea of intersecting spheres which, as the practice described, “yielded amazing overlapping perspectives that created an astonishing spatial energy.”

More about the 54,000 square meter Necropolis of ChinPaoSan, after the break. 

Concept watercolor. Image © Steven Holl Architects Oceanic Pavilion, geometry and interior space diagram. Image © Steven Holl Architects Oceanic Pavilion, entry and public space. Image © Steven Holl Architects Oceanic Pavilion, section. Image © Steven Holl Architects

The Family Playground / House Design

  • Architects: House Design
  • Location: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Area: 122.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hey! Cheese

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Taitung Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Location: Taitung County, Taiwan
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: AdDa Zei

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Shigeru Ban to Construct Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Pritzker laureate Shigeru Ban has won an international competition to design the future Tainan Museum of Fine Arts. With an agenda to promote arts culture and tourism in Taiwan’s cultural capital, the museum will foster the research of arts, literature and history, while exhibiting local talent. 

Cascading volumes featuring an auditorium, classrooms and exhibition galleries will be capped with a pentagonal roof canopy and softened with lush terraces and landscaping. An outdoor sculpture park and public recreation area will allow the museum’s inner contents to bleed into its surroundings and activate the city. 

More images, after the break...

OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Tops Out

OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) has topped out in a ceremony including Taipei’s mayor Hau Lung-pin, and OMA's Partners in charge of the project, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten. Even in its current skeletal state, the rigidly geometric form is clearly expressed with it's central cube supporting three protruding auditoriums, two cubic and one spherical. The design of the TPAC is in many ways experimental, incorporating a looped public path which shows off the building's backstage areas, and flexible auditoriums which can even be combined, offering extraordinary stage spaces that allow performances which would be impossible in any other theater.

Ahead of the topping out ceremony we spoke to partner in charge David Gianotten, who explained the building's design concepts and the challenges (or rather, surprising lack of challenges) in the construction, and told us "you will only understand it when you have seen it. It's super exciting, we encourage everybody that loves architecture to come and see it because it's spectacular."

Read on after the break for the full interview

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