Tucheng Sports Center / Q-Lab

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Architects: Q-Lab
Location: Tucheng District, New City, 236
Architects In Charge: Sense Tseng, Borden Tseng
Area: 13791.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Highlite Images

Neil M. Denari to Complete Taiwan’s New Keelung Harbor Service Building by 2017

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Servicing up to 10,000 cruise ship passengers a day, the New Keelung Harbor Service Building by Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA) is set to become a bustling hive of activity in Taiwan’s Port of Keelung. The project takes a two-phase approach that unites a public plaza and service base with a restaurant and the terminal proper, using an office building to mediate between the two.

Occupying 117,000-square-meters and with a construction budget of TWD $5 billion, the project is slated for completion by December 2017.

Read more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Taiwan’s National Museum of Marine Science and Technology

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Foster + Partners have broken ground on ’s new National Museum of Marine Science and Technology in Keelung. To be the largest aquarium in northern Taiwan, the museum will face Badouzi harbor, while staying connected to the waterfront and nearby fishing village.

Taipei Univesity Library / LIAO Architect & Associates

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Architects: LIAO Architect & Associates
Location: National Taipei University Library, National Taipei University, National Taipei University Taipei Campus, No. 69號, Section 2, Jianguo North Road, , Taipei City, 104
Architect In Charge: Liao, Kuo-Cheng
Area: 20309.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Xiao Xiong Liang Yan photography

Taiwan Photon Source Accelerator Facilities / J. J. Pan & Partners

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Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
Location: National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, East District, Hsinchu City, 300
Design Team: Joshua J. Pan, Chung-Tsai Huang, Chungwei Su, I-Li Mao, Steven B.J. Chen, Hsueh-Fen Chien, Shu-Chiao Hsu, Chia-Wei Ting, Sheng-Pin Lin, Hsiao-Yuen Wu, Heng-Yuan Hong, Liang-Chen Hung, Chia-Chen , Jing-Pong Chen, Wei Kao, Yuen-Lin Chang, Yi-Chyau Su, Fang-Chen Wu, Cheng-En , Chin-Chiu Chiu, Cheng-Chih Kao, Wei-Chieh Liu, Hung-Lin Wei, Chih-Rong Chen, You-Jan Yan, Yen-Wei Chang, Shen-Che Su, Chao-Yi Liao, Chen-Yang Chang, Dan Hsin
Building Contractor: Kedge Construction Co., Ltd., E&C Engineering Corporation
Area: 54835.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Wei-Shih Hsieh

The Pacific House / Wang, Pe-Jen Architects

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Architects: Wang,
Location: Taitung County,
Area: 252.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Wang, Pe Jen

Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto’s Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost

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Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung has temporarily “pulled the plug” on Sou Fujimoto’s ambitious Taiwan Tower, saying he would rather pay a penalty for breaking the contract than spend an estimated NT$15 billion to realize the “problematic” project.

The Banyan tree-inspired tower was hoped to become the “Taiwanese version of the Eiffel Tower,” as well as a model for sustainable architecture by achieving LEED Gold with its energy producing features. Its steel superstructure, which proposed to hoist a triangular section of the Gateway Park’s greenbelt 300-meters into the air, intentionally had “no obvious form” and was to be perceived as a natural phenomenon.

WoodTek HQ / Origin

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Architects: Origin
Location: Fuyu Road, Xitun District, City, 407
Assembled Consultant: Logworks – www.logworks.ca
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio

RedDot Hotel / Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen

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Architects: Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen
Location: City,
Interior Design Team: Steven Wu; Michael Hsu; Lin Yu-hsuan
Site Area: 600 sqm
Area: 360.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrew Chang / Double Hong

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Their First Building in Taiwan

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Richard Meier & Partners has revealed their first ever building in Taiwan, a 163-meter apartment building close to the center of Taichung. Offering 110 apartments with views over Taichung City Hall, the Opera House, and the Convention Center, the tower is composed of two towers connected by a central circulation core. The north tower is the taller section, with a geometric appearance that responds to the more built-up area to the north of the building. The south tower, which faces an area of smaller-scale residential buildings, features an expressive facade of translucent glass.

Steven Holl Granted Approval for Taiwan ChinPaoSan Necropolis

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Steven Holl Architects’ schematic design for the ChinPaoSan Necropolis has been approved. The scheme, planned for an oceanfront property just 40 minutes from Taipei, will provide a new arrival hall to serve the complex’s 10,000 existing burial sites and an oceanic pavilion for an additional 150,000 ashbox sites.

More than 30 schemes were considered, however Holl’s watercolor explorations lead to the approved idea of intersecting spheres which, as the practice described, “yielded amazing overlapping perspectives that created an astonishing spatial energy.”

More about the 54,000 square meter Necropolis of ChinPaoSan, after the break. 

Shigeru Ban to Construct Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

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Pritzker laureate Shigeru Ban has won an international competition to design the future Tainan Museum of Fine Arts. With an agenda to promote arts culture and tourism in ’s cultural capital, the museum will foster the research of arts, literature and history, while exhibiting local talent.

Cascading volumes featuring an auditorium, classrooms and galleries will be capped with a pentagonal roof canopy and softened with lush terraces and landscaping. An outdoor sculpture park and public recreation area will allow the museum’s inner contents to bleed into its surroundings and activate the city.

More images, after the break…

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

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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 .

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

Alvaro Siza’s Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan

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Today, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza and architect Carlos Castanheira will inaugurate the Golf Club, in Changhua, Taiwan. 

The two Portuguese architects began the recently-completed project in 2009. The clubhouse includes spaces for recreational and events and activities. The building demonstrates a rich relationship between the landscape and local culture.

Architects: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira
Local Partner | Project Management and Construction Supervision: Ho+Hou Studio Architects and Studio Base Architects
Images of the project—kindly shared with us by architecture photographer Fernando Guerra | FG+SG—can be seen after the break.

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.

The “Urban Interior” of Jimenez Lai’s Biennale Pavilion for Taiwan

UPDATE: We’ve added our interview with Jimenez Lai.

Jimenez Lai
, leader of Bureau Spectacular and curator of Taiwan’s Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale, claims that “domesticity is possibly one of the origins of architecture” and that “the standardization of the domestic program was…a very modern development.” Thus, Lai built nine single-program houses within the Palazzo della Prigioni, each dedicated to one specific domestic act–such as sleeping, eating, etc. The result is a vibrant, colorful response to Rem Koolhaas’ unifying theme: “Absorbing Modernity.”

Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan, delves into the part-to-whole relationship and political implications of our domestic lives. But Lai also believes that, from this relationship, we can learn something about the way that cities function. See more images from the and read on for the curator’s statement.

Venice Biennale 2014: Jimenez Lai to Construct Taiwanese “Township of Domestic Parts”

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Taiwan-born architect ’s proposal Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan has been selected to represent Taiwan in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Scattered throughout the Palazzo delle Prigioni, the installation will be comprised of nine small house, each with a single program, that will make up an “interior township of misfit parts.” 

Read on for the complete curatorial statement… 

SANE Architecture’s Taichung City Cultural Centre: Entry in the Future Project Awards 2014

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SANE architecture, an experimental studio based in Paris, have recently been recognised in the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2014 for the Taichung City Centre. The practice, who focus on “researching the Sane and the Insane in architecture”, were tasked with imagining an architecture and an urban space unique to Taiwan’s climate and the culture of Taichung, a cultural library and municipal arts museum that “synergizes” art, education and recreation.