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Taipei 101 Sets New Record During Typhoon Soudelor

Taipei 101, once the world's tallest building before losing the title to the Burj Khalifa, has set a new record. As Popular Mechanics reports, the 1,667-foot-tall skyscraper's internal "tuned mass damper" swayed more than it ever has before in last week's Typhoon Soudelor. Also known as a "harmonic absorber," the massive damper moved a full meter from its central position at the tower's top in an effort to keep Taipei 101 upright during the early morning storm's 100 to 145 mph winds.

The weighted ball, measuring 18-feet in diameter and weighing 728 tons, sits on hydraulic cylinders suspended between the 87th and 92nd floors. It was engineered for winds up to 135 mph. Watch the damper (and building) sway in the video below. 

Central Taiwan Innovation Campus MOEA / Bio-architecture Formosana + NOIZ ARCHITECTS

  • Architects: Bio-architecture Formosana + NOIZ ARCHITECTS
  • Location: No.2, Wenxian Rd., Zhongxing New Village
  • Building Area: 12167.63 m2
  • Floor Area: 42729.62 m2
  • Area: 24721.58 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

Enter Now: AR Emerging Architecture Awards

Now in their 17th year, the AR Emerging Architecture Awards are one of the world's most popular and prestigious prize for up-and-coming architects, giving emerging practices invaluable impetus on their trajectory to wider recognition and success. Previous winners of the Awards have included Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Thomas Heatherwick (UK), Sean Godsell (Australia), Jurgen Mayer H. (Germany) and Li Xiaodong (China).

My Secret Garden / Yestudio

  • Architects: Yestudio
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • General Contractor: Yestudio
  • Area: 40.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Clivelan

© Clivelan © Clivelan © Clivelan © Clivelan

Hua Nan Bank Headquarters / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

  • Architects: KRIS YAO | ARTECH
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Area: 51881.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

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

KRIS YAO | ARTECH Wins Competition to Design New Taipei City Museum of Art

KRIS YAO | ARTECH has been selected to design the New Taipei City Museum of Art. The winning competition scheme, a “Contemporary Museum of Art among the Reeds” aims to “fuse local landscape with cultural imagery” to create a “sustainable” platform for emerging artists and an entertainment destination for tourists. Continue reader to learn more. 

© KRIS YAO | ARTECH © KRIS YAO | ARTECH © KRIS YAO | ARTECH © KRIS YAO | ARTECH

Siu Siu – Lab of Primitive Senses / DIVOOE ZEIN Architects

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OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Tops Out

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

Drone Captures OMA'S Taipei Performing Arts Center Under Construction

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 China’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 OMA’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 China’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. 

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Taipei Announced as 2016 World Design Capital

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.

Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

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

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

  • 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

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

The Lushi Hill Club / Atelier Fronti

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City Library in Seinäjoki / JKMM Architects

  • Architects: JKMM Architects
  • Location: Seinäjoki, Finland
  • Main Designer: Asmo Jaaksi – architect SAFA
  • Design Team: Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Aaro Martikainen (project architect), Teemu Toivio (project architect) - architects SAFA, Harri Lindberg – arch. student, Päivi Meuronen (interior design) - interior architect SIO
  • Area: 4430.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Mika Huisman, Hanu Vallas

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Mika Huisman © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo

Update: WOHA’s ‘Breathing Architecture’ Exhibition

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 Taipei 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.