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My Secret Garden / Yestudio

20:00 - 30 May, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • General Contractor

    Yestudio
  • Area

    40.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Clivelan © Clivelan © Clivelan © Clivelan +22

AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto

07:00 - 18 May, 2015
AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto, © Denis Esakov
© Denis Esakov

Despite being one of the seminal works of modern Scandinavian architecture, Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library languished in relative obscurity for three-quarters of a century until its media breakthrough in late 2014. Its receipt of the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for a recent renovation was covered by news outlets around the world, bringing the 1935 building previously unseen levels of attention and scrutiny.

This renaissance is nothing less than extraordinary. Abandoned for over a decade and allowed to fall into complete disrepair, the building was once so forgotten that many believed it had actually been demolished. [1] For decades, architects studied Aalto’s project only in drawings and prewar black-and-white photographs, not knowing whether the original was still standing, and if it was, how it was being used. Its transformation from modern icon to deserted relic to architectural classic is a tale of political intrigue, warfare, and the perseverance of a dedicated few who saved the building from ruin.

© Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov +44

Hua Nan Bank Headquarters / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

21:00 - 26 March, 2015
Hua Nan Bank Headquarters  / KRIS YAO | ARTECH, © Jeffrey Cheng
© Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng +20

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

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
KRIS YAO | ARTECH Wins Competition to Design New Taipei City Museum of Art, © KRIS YAO | ARTECH
© KRIS YAO | ARTECH

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 +14

Siu Siu – Lab of Primitive Senses / DIVOOE ZEIN Architects

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Siu Siu – Lab of Primitive Senses / DIVOOE ZEIN Architects, Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects
Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects

Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects +45

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

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Tops Out, Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault
Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault

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 +20

Drone Captures OMA'S Taipei Performing Arts Center Under Construction

00:00 - 15 July, 2014

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

01:00 - 12 February, 2014

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

00:00 - 27 November, 2013
Taipei Announced as 2016 World Design Capital, OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center Set for Completion in 2015.
OMA’s Taipei 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.

Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

00:00 - 13 September, 2013
Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World, Edificio “Walkie Talkie” / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Edificio “Walkie Talkie” / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

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

00:00 - 8 August, 2013
City of Taipei Moves Closer to Becoming 2016 World Design Capital, OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center Set for Completion in 2015.
OMA’s Taipei 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

01:00 - 3 August, 2013
Les Bébés Cupcakery / JC Architecture, © Kevin Wu
© Kevin Wu
  • Architects

  • 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 +14

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

01:00 - 3 July, 2013
Re-born House / DL Design/TL Architects & Associates, Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO
Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO
  • Architects

  • 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 +28

Don Café House / Innarch

01:00 - 13 May, 2013
Don Café House / Innarch, © Atdhe Mulla
© Atdhe Mulla
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prishtina
  • Realisation

    Innarch – Dekoriti,Prishtine RK
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Atdhe Mulla © Atdhe Mulla © Atdhe Mulla © Atdhe Mulla +18

Ippudo Sydney / Koichi Takada Architects

01:00 - 13 May, 2013
Ippudo Sydney / Koichi Takada Architects, © Sharrin Rees
© Sharrin Rees

© Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees +15

Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects

01:00 - 10 May, 2013
Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY 10034, USA
  • Design Architects

    Steven Holl, Chris McVoy
  • Partner in Charge

    Chris McVoy
  • Associate in Charge

    Olaf Schmidt
  • Project Team

    Marcus Carter, Christiane Deptolla, Peter Englaender, Runar Halldorsson, Jackie Luk, Filipe Taboada, Dimitra Tsachrelia, Ebbie Wisecarver
  • Area

    4459.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

©  Iwan Baan © Chris McVoy © Chris McVoy © Chris McVoy +31

Fuyi River Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
Fuyi River Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus, Courtesy of Lab Modus
Courtesy of Lab Modus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • Project Team

    Kevin Chang (Principal), Jeanne Lin (Designer)
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Lab Modus

Courtesy of Lab Modus Courtesy of Lab Modus Courtesy of Lab Modus Courtesy of Lab Modus +21

CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects, © Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Lei
  • Design Team

    Zhang Lei, Jeffrey Cheng, Wang Wang, Wang Yi
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design & Planning Institute, NJU
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +22