OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center breaks ground

Nearly two years after OMA was announced winner of a two-stage international competition, the construction of the new Performing Arts Center has commenced. This ambitious project, led by partners Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, generated a lot of debate among architects when it was announced back in 2009 due to its particular form. Morphed by a series of programatic operations, the form intersects three types of theater in order to accommodate a variety of performances.

TPAC Approach from north © OMA

The main theater, which seats 1,500, is expressed on the exterior as a large sphere while the two smaller theaters, each capable of seating 800, are represented as peripheric cubes. All the stage accommodations are brought together within the central cube, allowing for more flexibility as theaters can be used independently or combined, thus expanding the possibilities for experimental performances – an art which is very strong inTaiwan. At the same time, and in a similar way as OMA’s CCTV building in Beijing, China, a “public loop” channels circulation through the building, exposing the spaces that make the TPAC work, areas typically hidden from the public but are as revealing as the performances themselves.

In this aspect, the building is like a machine at work with its engine exposed, somehow reminding me of OMA’s Prada Transformer – a machine-like building (the anti-blob) that changed its configuration to host different types of events.

The 180 million dollar project is set to be completed in 2015. More details, including sections and updated renders, after the break:

Bar La Boheme / AVA Architects

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Architects: AVA – Atelier Veloso Architects  - Carlos Jorge Coelho Veloso, Rui Filipe Coelho Veloso
Location: Rua Galeria de Paris, , Portugal
Client: Alberto Nuno Oliveira da Fonseca
Completion: 2011
General Contractor: ConstruPóvoas (Sr. Manuel Póvoas e Sr. Tiago Póvoas)
Constructed Surface: 165 sqm
Photographs: José Campos

Office Besturenraad / COEN!

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Architects: COEN!
Location: BKO, Houttuinlaan 5a, Woerden,
Client: Besturenraad / BKO, Woerden
Interiors: De Vastgoedinrichter, Albergen, Gielissen, Eindhoven
Floor: ca 2200 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: COEN! – Roy van de Meulengraaf

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXI

Photo by Vesper Hsieh - http://www..com/photos/vesperhsieh/

We have just passed 70,000 photos in our Flickr Pool! As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Vesper Hsieh in Tenerife, Spain. Check the other four after the break.

Pass Plus Cafe / Imagine Native

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Architect: Imagine Native
Location: Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai,
Firm Principal: Edmond Tse (HKIA), F. Fung (HKIA), C. Lai
Client: Pass Plus Restaurant Management Co. Ltd.
Area: 140 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kingkay Architectural Photography

Video: Richard Rogers in conversation with RIBA President Angela Brady

President Angela Brady discusses design in 2012 with British architect Richard Rogers. Together, they discuss the important issues surrounding housing and cities, both agreeing that “intensification is critical”. Homes built within a compact city are said to be five times more efficient than those built outside the city. This realization is an important fact that should guide government officials, builders and architects to work together towards more intelligent and beneficial growth patterns.

Reference: RIBA, DI

Schoolyard Pavilion / Holweck Bingen Architectes

Courtesy of hba & photostudioC.bosseler

Architects: Holweck Bingen Architectes
Location: Rodange,
Design Team: Pol Holweck, Nicolas Clarys, Manuel Meester
Landscape Architects: Maja Devetak
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 180sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of hba & photostudioC.bosseler

   

Krier speaks out against Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial design

Summer view looking northeast along Maryland Avenue through the memorial site © Gehry & Partners

The controversy surrounding ’s proposal for the Eisenhower Memorial has just reached new heights as the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin has recently published a 1,500-word essay, written by the influential neo-traditionalist architect Leon Krier, that bashes Gehry’s proposal and ideology. Krier calls Gehry a “greatly confused artist” who’s “style is a century old” and “seems “innovative” only to the ignorant”. Kier continues to claim the commission who appointed Gehry’s design “shares his [Gehry’s] intellectual confusion and distaste of classical ” Continue reading for more.

PTL / Satoru Hirota Architects

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Architects: Satoru Hirota Architects  / Satoru Hirota + Yoshimi Kondo
Location: ,
Client: Private
Structural Design: Nieda+Hisaeda Architects / Taizen Nieda + Mitsuyoshi Yoshida
Contractor: DAIDO KOGYO Co.,Ltd / Tomotaka Iwamoto
Collabotator: LIMES (roder made kitchen) / Tomoya Matsuda
Site Area: 253.74 sqm
Built-up Area: 213.53 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Satoru Hirota Architects

© 2012 Now Boarding

‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition

The ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + the Architecture of Flight’ exhibition, opening July 15 until October 7 at the Denver Art Musuem, will take visitors on a multi-media tour of airport design of the past, present and future. Visitors will…

Rock Executive Suite Synopsis / Rossetti

Dave Burk © Hedrich Blessing

Architect: Rossetti
Location: Detroit, MI,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Dave Burk © Hedrich Blessing

   

Nature-City / WORKac / MoMA

. Photographed by K.Cilento

Last September, we attended ’s PS 1 Open Studio event to catch a glimpse of the collaborative projects of five  multidisciplinary teams focusing on how to re-think, re-organize and re-energize the concept of an American suburb in the wake of the foreclosure crisis.   When we visited, the teams were in the final stages of their designs and preparing to send their visions to the Museum of Modern Art for the exhibition “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.  One of the team’s we talked with was WORK Architecture Company about their Nature-City proposal, an extension of the suburb whichhas been designed in an abstracted way to serve as a plug in model to create cities elsewhere.

More about Nature-City after the break.

Tetorigarden / Koichi Futatsumata

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Architect: Koichi Futatsumata from CASE-REAL 
Location: Kumamoto,
Use: Hair Salon
Completion: 2010
Scale: 2 story
Flooring area: 118.0m2
Photographs: Shiraki Yoshikazu

   

Hrdlicka House / Durbach Block Jaggers

© Brett Boardman

Architects: Durbach Block Jaggers – Neil Durbach, Camilla Block, Lisa Le Van
Location: , Australia
Landscape Architect: Sue Barnsley Design
Structural consultant: Simpson Design Associates
Floor Area: 3,500 sqm
Site Area: 950 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Durbach Block Architects 

Courtesy of CLP Architectes

Archi«20 Competition Proposal / CLP Architectes

The proposed pavilion, designed by CLP Arquitectos…, for the Archi<20 competition, consisted of 20 m2 of floor space to be constructed in a protected natural area in Muttersholtz, Alsace. With a limited budget of 7000 Euros, the commission allowed

The Death of Modern

Modern was probably dead to begin with.

But, in his youth, he achieved fame by removing elements, simplifying, and arranging order. We were infatuated with his purity. With Modern, we stood in front of a blank canvas that seemed to clear away our past regressions, and promised a future of precision and clarity. Modern was singular and lovely, like silence.

At his height, he traveled extensively, leaving simple white calling cards as far aboard as Switzerland and Barcelona.

Net House / Matharoo Associates

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Architects: Matharoo Associates
Location: , Gujarat, India
Completion: 2010
Project Team: Gurjit Singh Matharoo – Principal Architect, Prof. M.C. Gajjar – Architectural Advisor, Nauka Baxi – Architect, Dilip Revar – Architect
Photographs: Courtesy of Matharoo Associates

Courtesy of Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

Verdun Cultural Center / Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

Saucier + Perrotte Architectes… shared with us their proposal for a cultural center in Verdun, Canada, which was named as a finalist in the competition. The strategy unites the disparate elements of the program by covering them with a unique