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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.

Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Nikita Wu
  • JUT Foundation Coordinators: Lea Yi-Chen Lin, Yi-Ling Hung
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

© AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui © AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui © AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui © AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

Tower of Colony Installation / Groundwork

Exhibited at the ‘Next Play: Shifting Ground’ Exhibition in Taipei, 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

  • Architects: Wang Weijen Architecture
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Area: 5657.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

Water-Moon Monastery / Artech Architects

© Jeffrey Cheng
© Jeffrey Cheng
  • Architects: Artech Architects
  • Location: Taipei, 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
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

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

DNB Bank Headquarters / MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Area: 36500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jiri Havran, Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran

The One / Hsuyuan Kuo Architecture

  • Architects: Hsuyuan Kuo Architecture
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Project Team: Hsuyuan Kuo, Effie Huang, ChengHsuan Hung
  • Area: 2572.52 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jin-Ming Zheng

© Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng

'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.

New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / Zerafa Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Zerafa Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Zerafa Architecture Studio

The New Taipei City Museum of Art (NCArt) should propose a new paradigm for celebrating art in Taipei, one that brings lifestyle, art, recreation and education together to celebrate the vibrant cultural identity of the community. The fusion of art with all aspects of one’s daily experience is driven by ideas about the intrinsic relationship between art and life relevant in Taiwan’s popular contemporary culture. The new museum seeks to embody these ideas and provide an iconic venue for the spontaneous unfolding of contemporary life. Here’s the proposal Zerafa Architecture Studio presented for this project.

New Taipei City Museum of Art Competition Proposal / INFLUX_STUDIO

view from the park
view from the park

INFLUX_STUDIO shared with us their proposal for the New Taipei City Museum of Art competition as contemporary art museums are becoming hybrid programs and transforming the way people approach art to become real places to be. The key issue they were dealt with was how to gather people and art while integrating the landscape into the museum and the museum into the park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Church of Suan-Lien Center for the Elderly / J.J. Pan & Partners

© David Chen © Yi-Wen Chen © David Chen Courtesy of J.J. Pan & Partners

New Taipei City Museum of Art Conceptual Design International Competition

The planning and design guidelines in this design brief are for reference only. The designer must propose the new positioning for the new possibilities for modern art museums, define the exhibition method, and propose new space requirement, then proceed the planning and design based on the new required spaces and design guidelines.

Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts / Mecanoo

© Courtesy of Mecanoo, Render by Luxigon
© Courtesy of Mecanoo, Render by Luxigon

Mecanoo’s Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts has broken ground in Kaohsiung with a festive public celebration hosted by President Ma Ying-jeou and attended by Architect Francine Houben. The new cultural complex will be the largest in Asia at 141,000 sqm, featuring the most modern in theatre technology, housing a concert hall with 2000 seats, an opera house with 2250 seats, a playhouse with 1250 seats, a recital hall with 500 seats, a public library and studios for music and dance.

Taipei Performing Arts Center / Kokkugia

We have featured several designs for the Taipei Performing Arts Center (such as the winning proposal by OMA previously featured on AD), and our latest project is from Kokkugia, a New York and London based architecture firm.  Kokkugia’s form, which is based on the location’s unique geography, is a compelling composition that attempts to create “a dynamic venue and a public space of spectacle.”   The slight slope of the site in emphasized in the form, as visitors enter from under the building.  The interior aims to create the best possible acoustics.  The roof is a network of semi-autonomous agents that reorganize to adjust so that the roof maintains some of its original geometry and other parts shift freely.

More images after the break.

1st Prize at Taipei Pop Music Center Competition / Reiser + Umemoto

Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture PC along with joind tenderer Fei & Cheng Associates received first prize at the Taipei Pop Music Center Competition.

With the Taipei Pop Music Center, Reiser + Umemoto and ARUP have fundamentally rethought the live music and entertainment venue to meet the challenges and opportunities of pop music and digital media in the 21st century.

More images and full architect’s description after the break.