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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

© AdDa Zei © AdDa Zei © AdDa Zei © AdDa Zei

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

Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault © OMA

Alvaro Siza's Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan

Today, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza and architect Carlos Castanheira will inaugurate the Taifong Golf Club, in Changhua, Taiwan. 

The two Portuguese architects began the recently-completed project in 2009. The clubhouse includes spaces for recreational and cultural events and activities. The building demonstrates a rich relationship between the landscape and local culture.

Architects: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira
Local Partner | Project Management and Construction Supervision: Ho+Hou Studio Architects and Studio Base Architects
Images of the project—kindly shared with us by architecture photographer Fernando Guerra | FG+SG—can be seen after the break.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Casa De Flore / Arcadian Architecture+Design

  • Architects: Arcadian Architecture+Design
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Principal In Charge: Alex Yu
  • Design Team: Ping-Jui Chiang, Jerry Chang, Yu-Shan Huang, Li-Ju Chen, Shuo-Jyun Yin, Yu-Hsien Lin
  • Area: 635.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Shining Group,Inc.

Courtesy of Shining Group,Inc. Courtesy of Shining Group,Inc. Courtesy of Shining Group,Inc. Courtesy of Shining Group,Inc.

Lightbox / Hsuyuan Kuo Architect & Associates

  • Architects: Hsuyuan Kuo Architect & Associates
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Hsuyuan Kuo, Effie Huang, YaChun Tsai
  • Area: 1045.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kuo-Min Lee

© Kuo-Min Lee © Kuo-Min Lee © Kuo-Min Lee © Kuo-Min Lee

Drone Captures OMA'S Taipei Performing Arts Center Under Construction

Construction is underway for OMA’s Taipei’s Performing Arts Center! The project, started back in 2012, has generated a buzz in the architecture community for its peculiar form. Conceived as a number of theaters intersecting as a group of three simple geometries, the Performing Arts Center will provide flexible stage space to host experimental theater and art performances. This video—filmed by a drone—shows some of the preliminary structure that has already been erected. The building is expected to be completed in 2015.

Petaholic Hotel / sms design

  • Architects: sms design
  • Location: Section 2, Jianguo North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Architect in Charge: SMS Design CO. Ltd + Feng-Chi Peng
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SMS Design

Courtesy of SMS Design Courtesy of SMS Design Courtesy of SMS Design Courtesy of SMS Design

The "Urban Interior" of Jimenez Lai's Biennale Pavilion for Taiwan

UPDATE: We've added our interview with Jimenez Lai.

Jimenez Lai
, leader of Bureau Spectacular and curator of Taiwan's Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale, claims that "domesticity is possibly one of the origins of architecture" and that "the standardization of the domestic program was...a very modern development." Thus, Lai built nine single-program houses within the Palazzo della Prigioni, each dedicated to one specific domestic act--such as sleeping, eating, etc. The result is a vibrant, colorful response to Rem Koolhaas' unifying theme: "Absorbing Modernity."

Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan, delves into the part-to-whole relationship and political implications of our domestic lives. But Lai also believes that, from this relationship, we can learn something about the way that cities function. See more images from the exhibition and read on for the curator's statement.

House of Social Dining. Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Image © Nico Saieh Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Image © Nico Saieh House of Alchemy. Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Image © Nico Saieh House of Social Dining. Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Image © Nico Saieh

Uhee Sushi / House Design

  • Architects: House Design
  • Location: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Area: 50.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Joy Liu

© Joy Liu © Joy Liu © Joy Liu © Joy Liu

Venice Biennale 2014: Jimenez Lai to Construct Taiwanese "Township of Domestic Parts"

Taiwan-born architect Jimenez Lai’s proposal Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan has been selected to represent Taiwan in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Scattered throughout the Palazzo delle Prigioni, the installation will be comprised of nine small house, each with a single program, that will make up an “interior township of misfit parts.” 

Read on for the complete curatorial statement... 

Humble House / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

  • Architects: KRIS YAO | ARTECH
  • Location: Songgao Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
  • Design Team: Glen Lu, Golden Kao, Ray Chen, Kai-Chih Chang, Kang Chiu, Dan Wang, Kang-Yueh Liu, Nini Cheng, Catch Tseng, Man-Ching Liao, Sam Chu
  • Area: 54956.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH, Jeffrey Cheng

Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH, Jeffrey Cheng Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH, Jeffrey Cheng Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH, Jeffrey Cheng Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH, Jeffrey Cheng

Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled their latest - and certainly greenest - "mountainous" housing project (for previous examples, see: Mountain Dwelling and 8 House). Although still in progress, Hualien Residences, a beach resort housing complex in Taiwan, will consist of green "landscape stripes" that resemble mountains themselves. The project, which incorporates walking paths, underground jogging paths, and an observation point, has already been recognized as a finalist in the 2014 MIPIM awards for its use of design to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for the complex's primarily older residents. 

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG

SANE Architecture's Taichung City Cultural Centre: Entry in the Future Project Awards 2014

Terrace View. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture
Terrace View. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture

SANE architecture, an experimental studio based in Paris, have recently been recognised in the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2014 for the Taichung City Cultural Centre. The practice, who focus on "researching the Sane and the Insane in architecture", were tasked with imagining an architecture and an urban space unique to Taiwan's climate and the culture of Taichung, a cultural library and municipal arts museum that "synergizes" art, education and recreation.

Taipei Flower Wholesale Market, Taiwan International Flower Trade Center Small Site For Plant Market. / H.P. Chueh Architects & Planners

  • Architects: H.P. Chueh Architects & Planners
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Area: 7300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jane Kung

© Jane Kung © Jane Kung © Jane Kung © Jane Kung

Tucheng Sports Center / Q-Lab

  • Architects: Q-Lab
  • Location: Tucheng District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 236
  • Architects in Charge: Sense Tseng, Borden Tseng
  • Area: 13791.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Highlite Images

© Highlite Images © Highlite Images © Highlite Images © Highlite Images

Da-Yo Fire Station / K-Architect

  • Architects: K-Architect
  • Location: Taoyuan City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan 330
  • Area: 2544.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Lee Fotografy , Poyi Lee

© Poyi Lee © Lee Fotografy   © Lee Fotografy   © Poyi Lee

HVW Headquarter / Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates

  • Architects: Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates
  • Location: Taoyuan City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan 330
  • Project Team: Hsuyuan Kuo, WenChen Lu, ChiaSheng Tsai, ChungChiau Wang, MingChung Lo, ShuMei Lee
  • Area: 5220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jin Ming Zheng

© Jin Ming Zheng © Jin Ming Zheng © Jin Ming Zheng © Jin Ming Zheng