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Le Plan Libre / Waterfrom Design

© Sam Tsen
© Sam Tsen
  • Architects: Waterfrom Design
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Area: 726.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sam Tsen

© Sam Tsen © Sam Tsen © Sam Tsen © Sam Tsen

The Vertical Forest / Waterfrom Design

  • Architects: Waterfrom Design
  • Location: Taiwan
  • Area: 926.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Kuomin Lee

© Kuomin Lee © Kuomin Lee © Kuomin Lee © Kuomin Lee

Form4 Architecture Wins WAN Civic Buildings Future Schemes Award for Cultural Center in Taiwan

Form4 Architecture has been awarded first place in the 2013 WAN Civic Buildings Competition for a proposal that promises to be a "catalyst for metropolitan living" in Taichung, Taiwan. The new city center, titled "Luminous Moon-Gate," was selected out of 46 entries in the "Future Schemes" category.

Mountain Moon / Chin Architects

  • Architects: Chin Architects
  • Location: 116, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wenshan District, Lane 13, Bǎoyí Road, 3號3樓 Taipei Municipal Library Mu-Cha Branch
  • Design Team: I-Ju Chin, Hung-I Lin, Hung-Nan Chu, Mu-Chen Chan, Shen-Hung Chiang, Hsin-Ping Cho, Chun-Chun Yang, Fei-Chun Ying
  • Building Contractor: Pacific Construction Co., LTD
  • Area: 3053.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng

SANAA's 'Cloud Boxes' Wins First Prize in Taichung City Competition

SANAA, it is. In attempts to separate itself from its sister cities, Taichung City has named SANAA, led by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, winners of an international competition that intends to unite a newly formed city. As of December 2010, Taichung city executed a mega-merger that increased its population from 1 million inhabitants to 2.5 million, encompassing the skyscraping towers of downtown Taichung to the agricultural mountainside villages of Taichung County. As a result, the local government envisioned a new urban space that would place art at its core, celebrating the regions' disparate cultures. 

Ring Celestial Bliss / J.J. Pan & Partners

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Chayi Industrial Innovation Center / Bio-architecture formosana

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Courtesy of Bio-architecture formosana

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Les Bébés Cupcakery / JC Architecture

  • Architects: JC Architecture
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge: JC Architecture
  • Design Team: Johnny Chiu, Nora Wang, Sunny Sun
  • Area: 56.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kevin Wu

© Kevin Wu © Kevin Wu © Kevin Wu © Kevin Wu

Taichung Infobox / Stan Allen Architect

  • Architects: Stan Allen Architect
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Project Team: Stan Allen, FAIA; Marc McQuade; Chris Oliver; Rosalyne Shieh; Dahlia Roberts;
  • Associate Architect: W.B. Huang Architects & Planners
  • Project Coordinator: Feng Chia University Design Center
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect, Iwan Baan

©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect

Re-born House / DL Design/TL Architects & Associates

  • Architects: DL Design/TL Architects & Associates
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge: Dolly Lin
  • Design Team: Dolly Lin, Fidi Feng, Jimmy Chen, Rock Chiu, Aki Tang, Chloe Chen, Stephen Strugala
  • Area: 750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO

Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / RMJM

With arts and culture at the core of Taichung’s urban identity, and the vision to lead in innovation and technology, this design proposal by RMJM seeks to bring together these significant attributes in a building emblematic of Taichung’s achievements and vision. Located at the corner of Taichung Gateway Park, the project becomes an urban oasis and a vital link between existing communities and future urban development, providing a social and cultural focus and an arrival gateway to the park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / SZA

Designed by SZA (Studio za arhitekturu), their Taichung City Cultural Center proposal is a complex space structure. With its ground plan being 50 x 50 m, their concept creates an energetic, self-sufficiency throughout the project through a system of a vertical accordion and through an exchange of functional storeys and sustainable construction storeys. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team)

Designed by BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team), their proposal for the new City Cultural Center grows from the earth, with the strength of the sea and mountains, to show to the world how Taiwan is; how Taichung is. The design uses this strength to configure an astonishing landscape architecture able to project the cultural center internationally. More images and architects' description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

The condition for this proposal by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition is very unique and original since two distinct buildings, library and fine arts museum, should coexist in one site. For the architectural design that fulfills this exclusive condition, the architects applied the notion of "Taiji", the verity of yin and yang that has existed since the ancient era of Chinese history. In this new design, the spatial arrangement of library and art museum are planned to confront and interact at the same time, giving the positive effect to each other. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Reiser + Umemoto's Taipei Pop Music Center Breaks Ground in Taiwan

Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC's Taipei Pop Music Center breaks ground today at the center’s site on the edge of Taipei, Taiwan. Challenging the limitations of traditional performances spaces, the center consists of several mixed-use spaces woven together into a dynamic, multi-purpose venue that reflects and supports the evolving culture of pop music. Three monumental elements—the Main Hall, Hall of Fame, and Industry Shell—symbolize the principal uses and attractions of the complex, making it a powerful representation of Taiwan’s pop music industry worldwide.

More on the new Taipei Pop Music Center after the break…

Taichung Cultural City Center Competition Entry / de Architekten Cie.

The proposal for the Taichung Cultural City Center by de Architekten Cie. is composed of a well-defined system of voids as the museum and the library are designed as a flexible structure to be able to follow frequent changes in museum and library philosophy. Lifts and escalators are built into both buildings to provide an indubitable vertical communication and an evident orientation for future visitors. More images and architects' description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Comeptition Entry / Williamson Architects

Australia based Williamson Architects’ proposal for the City Cultural Center of Taichung, Taiwan aims to create a sculptural beauty that resurrects the romance of the architectural journey through a building. Driven by function, the building’s form is expressed in its own beauty to create not only a landmark public structure but also creating a catalyst drawing people and activity, beautifully connecting all strata of society. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch

Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch (Rena Sakellaridou and Morpho Papanikolaou) shared with us their proposal, titled 'Calligraphic-scapes,' for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition which stems from the origins of calligraphy. The rigorous transformation of knowledge, to be found in written language, is brought together with the poetic domains of art by means of calligraphy as the medium. As such, it brings together both the library and art museum into a new hybrid entity. More images and architects' description after the break.