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

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost, © Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects

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

01:00 - 9 January, 2015
WoodTek HQ / Origin, © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio
© Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Fuyu Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407
  • Assembled Consultant

    Logworks - www.logworks.ca
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Red Dot Hotel / Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen

01:00 - 8 January, 2015
Red Dot Hotel / Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen, © Andrew Chang / Double Hong
© Andrew Chang / Double Hong

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Taipei Flora Expo Pavilions / Bio-architecture Formosana

01:00 - 4 January, 2015
Taipei Flora Expo Pavilions / Bio-architecture Formosana, Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana
Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Xinsheng Park, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Area

    6185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

Siu Siu – Lab of Primitive Senses / DIVOOE ZEIN Architects

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Siu Siu – Lab of Primitive Senses / DIVOOE ZEIN Architects, Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects
Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects

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Street Canvas / TA architect

01:00 - 13 December, 2014
Street Canvas  / TA architect, © Tung Yuh Kuan
© Tung Yuh Kuan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tainan City, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    Tung Yuh Kuan
  • Area

    298.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

House F / URBANWASABI

01:00 - 10 December, 2014
House F / URBANWASABI, Courtesy of URBANWASABI
Courtesy of URBANWASABI

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  • Architects

  • 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

Miaoli Station / Bio-architecture Formosana

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Miaoli Station / Bio-architecture Formosana, Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana
Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

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  • Architects

  • Location

    No.1, Weigong Rd., Miaoli City, Miaoli County 360, Taiwan
  • Area

    2756.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

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

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
In Progress: Palace Museum-Southern Branch / KRIS YAO | ARTECH, © National Palace Museum
© National Palace Museum

Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH +24

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Their First Building in Taiwan

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Their First Building in Taiwan, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

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

01:00 - 10 October, 2014
Steven Holl Granted Approval for Taiwan ChinPaoSan Necropolis, View of Oceanic Pavilion towards the Pacific Ocean. Image © Steven Holl Architects
View of Oceanic Pavilion towards the Pacific Ocean. Image © Steven Holl Architects

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 +20

The Family Playground / HAO Design

00:00 - 2 October, 2014
The Family Playground / HAO Design, © Hey! Cheese
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Area

    122.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Taitung Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
Taitung Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande, © AdDa Zei
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Shigeru Ban to Construct Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

00:00 - 15 September, 2014
Shigeru Ban to Construct Tainan Museum of Fine Arts, Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects
Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects

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

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Tops Out, Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault
Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault

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 +20

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

00:00 - 24 August, 2014
Alvaro Siza's Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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.

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Casa De Flore / Arcadian Architecture+Design

01:00 - 7 August, 2014
Casa De Flore / Arcadian Architecture+Design, Courtesy of Shining Group,Inc.
Courtesy of Shining Group,Inc.

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  • Architects

  • 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.

Lightbox / Hsuyuan Kuo Architect & Associates

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Lightbox / Hsuyuan Kuo Architect & Associates, © Kuo-Min Lee
© Kuo-Min Lee

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