Drone Captures OMA’S Taipei Performing Arts Center Under Construction

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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.

AD Interviews: David Gianotten / OMA

During the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, we had the opportunity to speak with David Gianotten, partner-in-charge of OMA’s Hong Kong office. Gianotten launched the Dutch firm’s Asian headquarters in 2009, where he supervises major projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Taipei Performing Arts Centre.

Standing outside of the recently completed Stock Exchange headquarters, he answered our questions about urbanization, innovation and the intricacies of running an office in an environment with such rapid urban growth. Shenzhen has proven an experiment of economic openness and is a vivid example of ’s recent growth. The city’s skyline is practically a physical graph of an upward-trending economy, with buildings designed by nearly every internationally renowned architecture firm. But ’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange building stands apart from the rest not only because of its impeccable construction (a rarity in the fast-paced building booms of Chinese cities), but also because it houses the institution that lists ’s biggest companies.

The 254 meter tower is an elegant structure that combines pure volumes with an exoskeleton grid clad in translucent glass. It represents a characteristic OMA-approach to innovative architectural solutions, made possible by extensive programmatic and technical research.

Read the full interview (which includes Gianotten’s insights on the study of architecture, the role of architects, and the importance of simplicity when communicating complex innovation) after the break.

Taipei Announced as 2016 World Design Capital

’s Performing Arts Center Set for Completion in 2015.

It’s official: Taipei has been selected as the 2016 World Design Capital (WDC). This doesn’t come by surprise, as back in August they were the only city selected by International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) to move onto the competition’s final round.

The city campaigned under the slogan “Adaptive City: Design in Motion,” focusing on how design can improve the living standards of their citizens. To strengthen their campaign, officials proposed 20 projects under the “Public Policy by Design” program that intended to strengthen the connection between designers, the public and funders. Over 600 workshops have already been conducted, encouraging collaboration between the city’s top officials and design professionals, and many more are scheduled to take place.

Mountain Moon / Chin Architects

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Architects: Chin Architects
Location: City, Taiwan
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: 3,053 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

, or the “” / Rafael Viñoly Architects.. Image © Flickr User pembridge2

With the recent news that Rafael Viñoly Architects’ 20 Fenchurch Street (or the “Walkie Talkie“) in London has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the “Death Ray,” we’ve put together a list of seven architectural blunders around the world – from the worrying to the downright absurd.

City of Taipei Moves Closer to Becoming 2016 World Design Capital

OMA’s Performing Arts Center Set for Completion in 2015.

Taipei has been selected by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) as the only municipality to move on to the next phase in the process towards becoming the 2016 World Design Capital (WDC). The selection committee is expected to conduct an onsite evaluation and comprehensive report prior to releasing an official announcement in September. 

Les Bébés Cupcakery / JC Architecture

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Architects: JC Architecture
Location: , Taiwan
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Johnny Chiu, Nora Wang, Sunny Sun
Area: 56 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kevin Wu

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

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Architects: DL Design/TL Architects & Associates
Location: ,
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
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO

Fuyi River Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

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Architects: Lab Modus
Location: City,
Project Team: Kevin Chang (Principal), Jeanne Lin (Designer)
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lab Modus

Update: WOHA’s ‘Breathing Architecture’ Exhibition

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As an update to last year’s post on WOHA‘s ‘Breathing Architecture’ exhibition, their work has seen great success in Frankfurt and Taichung. Now on its last leg, it will travel to and be on display from March 22-May 10 at the “Mobile Museum – SEED project”. Reminding us of bold visions of the future, in which plants reclaim nature for themselves, the architects realize the permeation of buildings and landscape, and of interiors and exteriors in projects. WOHA’s tropical architecture is permeable, leafy and interspersed with community spaces, which truly capture the essence of how architecture is breathing. For more information, please visit here. More images can be viewed after the break.

Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: Taipei,
Design Team: Nikita Wu
Jut Foundation Coordinators: Lea Yi-Chen Lin, Yi-Ling Hung
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

Tower of Colony Installation / Groundwork

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Exhibited at the ‘Next Play: Shifting Ground’ Exhibition in , the Tower of Colony is the Hong Kong project by Groundwork, which responds to a theme of ‘Displacement’, to transform a one acre site at Huashan, a cultural district at the heart of Taipei City. The architects were interested in how migrants react on a foreign land. By building on the site, they ‘colonized’ one acre of grassland from site, therefore colonizing a fragment of Taipei. Hong Kong, a colony by nature, now has its own colony. Their abstraction of the act of colonization can be observed at two scales: The Tower and The Performance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Baisha Wan Beach and Visitor Centre / Wang Weijen Architecture

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Architects: Wang Weijen Architecture, Northern Space Design Company
Location: Taipei,
Area: 5657.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

Water-Moon Monastery / Artech Architects

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Architects: Kris Yao | Artech Architects
Location: , Taiwan
Architect In Charge: Kris Yao
Design Team: Hua-Yi Chang、Kuo-Lung Lee、Wen-Li Liu、Jen-Ying Kuo、Yvonne Lee、Chin Tai、Jun-Ren Chou、Yi-Heng Lin、David Chang
Area: 8422.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

Ritz Plaza Housing Complex / Chin Architects

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Architects: Chin Architects
Location: Neihu District, City,
Design Team: I-Ju Chin, Hung-I Lin, Hung-Nan Chu, Mu-Chen Chan, Shen-Hung Chiang, Wei-Shian Chen, Wan-Ju Chang
Building Contractor: Bionic Group
Clients: Bionic Group
Area: 2,278.28 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

U-House / Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates

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Architects:
Location: Taipei,
Project Team: Hsuyuan Kuo, Effie Huang, ChengHsuan Hung, HungChih Wei, LiuYin Lin
Year: 2012
Area: 355 sqm
Photographs: Lee & Zheng

Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates

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Architects: Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Project Team: Hsuyuan Kuo, Effie Huang, ChengHsuan Hung
Year: 2011
Area: 2572.52 sqm
Photographs: Jin Ming Zheng

Housing in Taipei / Chin Architects

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Architects: Chin Architects
Location: City, 
Architect In Charge: I-Ju Chin, Hung-I Lin, Hung-Nan Chu
Design Team: Mu-Chen Chan, Shen-Hung Chiang, Hsin-Hui Cho, Wan-Ju Chang
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng