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Urban Redevelopment Project at Tainan Main Station Area / Maxthreads

Courtesy of Maxthreads
Courtesy of Maxthreads

The second prize winning vision for the Urban Redevelopment Project at Tainan Main Station Area responds to the extending aim of positioning Taiwan in general, and Tainan city in particular, as a major historical based tourism destination. Designed by Maxthreads, their strategy attempts to contribute to Taiwan’s economic diversification from its current infrastructure lead planning system. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hunya Chocolate Museum / J. J. Pan & Partners

  • Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
  • Location: Taoyuan City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan 330
  • Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
  • Project Team: Joshua Jih Pan, Chungwei Su, Steven B.J. Chen, Ady Tsai, Gungo H.Y. Lin Tien-Tso Huang, Wen-Chi Wang, Shiao-Mei Shih, John S.W. Liang
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs:  Vesper W. S. Hsieh

©  Vesper W. S. Hsieh ©  Vesper W. S. Hsieh ©  Vesper W. S. Hsieh ©  Vesper W. S. Hsieh

Khokak Panoram Resort / FCHY Architect Lab, C2H3.ch

© FCHY Architect Lab, Mimax Digital Technology Co.
© FCHY Architect Lab, Mimax Digital Technology Co.

Architects: FCHY Architect Lab, C2H3.ch Location: Yunlin, Taiwan Projecta Area: The main building: 1152 sqm, The secondary architecture 400 sqm Completion: 2012 Photographs: FCHY Architect Lab, Mimax Digital Technology Co.

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In Progress: China Steel Corporation Headquarters / Artech Architects

© Jeffrey Cheng
© Jeffrey Cheng

Architects: Kris Yao | Artech Architects Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan Clients: China Steel Corporation (CSC) Design Team: Willy Yu, Hua-Yi Chang, Nai-Wen Cheng, Jun-Ren Chou, Yen-Hsun Li Site Area: 11,037 sqm Lot Coverage Area: 2,590 sqm Total Floor Area: 81,054 Completion: Expected 2012 Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

National Library of Public Information / J. J. Pan & Partners

  • Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Project Team: Joshua J. Pan, Jason Chen, Chih Ming Chang, Sheng Tien Yeh, Sheng-ping Lin, Wen Chih Wang, Chien Yuan Liang, Chia Jung Hsieh, Shih-Fang Huang.
  • Building Contractor: Kong Chou Construction Enterprise
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of JJPan

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Multiple Natures / soma

Courtesy of soma
Courtesy of soma

Placing second, behind Sou Fujimoto Architects’ winning proposal, the Austrian practice soma proposed a new tower typology, titled Fibrous Tower of Multiple Natures, for the Taiwan Tower International Competition in Taichung, Taiwan. The conceptual drive for this tower comes from the desire to create a cultural landmark whose associations are multiple and dynamic, adapting with changing ideas about the nature of a skyscraper in an urban environment. Soma writes, “the tower should not state a fixed message, but trigger people to invent their own interpretations of the tower’s meaning”. How does soma accomplish this? Read on to find out.

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Yuan Ze University Project / Santiago Calatrava

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Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava, LLC

The world-renowned architect, engineer and artist, Santiago Calatrava was recently commissioned by Yuan Ze University in Taiwan to design an ambitious new building complex for its campus. The ambitious project, which will consist of a Performing Arts Center, a new Art and Design School and the Y.Z. Hsu Memorial Hall, which is dedicated to the university’s founder, Mr. Yu-Ziang Hsu, will mark Mr. Calatrava’s architectural debut in the country. More project description after the break.

Cicada / Marco Casagrande

  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Project Managers: Delphine, Peng Hsiao-Ting / JUT Group, Nikita Wu / C-LAB
  • Measures: 34 m long; 12 m wide; 8 m high
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: AdDa

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'Anemone' Installation / Oyler Wu Collaborative

© Oyler Wu Collaborative
© Oyler Wu Collaborative

Anemone is an art/architectural installation by Oyler Wu Collaborative aimed at weaving together aesthetic experience and tactile engagement, a combination generally considered off limits within the world of contemporary art. All too often, art installations are considered precious, almost sacred objects; while they are meant to be appreciated for their aesthetic beauty, they offer little in terms of human interaction. In other words, they are meant to be seen, not felt. Recognizing that human engagement is one of the key factors in creating a rich experience, Anemone has been designed with the idea of interaction as one of its key design objectives. More images and project description after the break.

Silent Garden / Studio Patricia Meneses

  • Architects: Studio Patricia Meneses
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Architects: Studio Patricia Meneses
  • Collaborators: Francisco Giménez Carbó, Manuel Rocha Iturbide, Jeanne de Bussac, Gosia Kierzerk, Salomé Ayuso

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China-Taiwan Master Plan for CBD / 10 Design

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Courtesy of 10 Design

10 Design architects has recently been awarded a 93 ha Masterplan for a CBD in Pingtan, a New Cross-Strait District for China and It’s Trading Partner, Taiwan. Pingtan is planned as a new commercial hub to drive communication and commercial trade between China and Taiwan. Part of the competition included the design of a new Cross Straits Forum including theatre, convention, exhibition and auxiliary commercial and cultural facilities. More images and project description after the break.

New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / Jean-loup BALDACCI & Atelier BORONSKI

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Courtesy of Jean-loup BALDACCI & Atelier BORONSKI

Jean-loup BALDACCI & Atelier BORONSKI shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the New Taipei Museum of Art competition. Their aim was to create a field of dreams; a building for the people. Its existence actually extends the park and because it merges street and park it invites a high degree of participation. It is completely accessible for people to walk and even ride bicycles all over. The public can easily ‘take possession’ of this building, even just to come and sit on the grass and enjoy the view as they picnic on these huge pieces of ‘ground’ floating in the sky. But through various openings and glazed apertures the interiors beckon. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / Federico Soriano Pelaez

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Federico Soriano Pelaez shared with us their third prize winning proposal for the New Taipei City Museum of Art. Their aim was to design a museum which contains all museums. A museum which is the entirety of all the museums in the world. They collected 100 of the most important museums of art from around the world. It is architecture as a refined abstraction of a historic landscape. It is a recollection of generic fragments from the plans of the museums from around the world which will be inserted into the Taipei City Museum of Art. More images and project description after the break.

New Taipei City Museum of Art / Volkan Alkanoglu | DESIGN

The New Taipei City Museum of Art proposal by Volkan Alkanoglu | DESIGN seeks to educate and motivate lifestyles through art and culture; thus promoting artistic creations as a moment in a time greater than none. The design incorporates a well planned program distribution emphasizing the important relationship of art as lifestyle and lifestyle as art. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Taipei City Museum of Art Competition Winners

1st place winner - Peter Boronski and Jean-Loup Baldacci
1st place winner - Peter Boronski and Jean-Loup Baldacci

Recently announced were the winners of the New Taipei City Museum of Art competition. The main objective of this competition was to build a world-class museum of art through a conceptual design. It was to be creative and its visionary schemes are sought in order to give the New Taipei City Museum of Art a fresh look and versatile art exhibition space. The design teams from all over the world were invited to challenge their imagination, pursue new possibilities for modern art museums and help New Taipei City create an artistic icon for the new century! The team of Peter Boronski and Jean-Loup Baldacci was named the first prize winners while  Kengo Kuma & Associatesand Federico Soriano Pelaez followed with the second and third place awards. More information on the award winning designs after the break.

Taiwan Tower Competition Proposal / STL Architects

The Taiwan Tower, designed by STL Architects, will act as a monumental building that will frame the new center and provide the entire city with a renewed and iconic identity, such as Eiffel Tower in Paris or The Sydney Opera House. Iconography achieved by challenging the forces of nature, designing an urban symbol, to strengthen people’s feeling of identity towards their city. Twisting the conventional idea of a tower and tilting the complex structure to contextualize the building in a technological era. The importance of symbols to civilization and architecture for people to feel identified with a place by means of an icon. More images and architects’ description after the break.