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 City Cultural 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.

Ultra-Ruin / Marco Casagrande

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: City, Taiwan
Year: 2013
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Taipei Flower Wholesale Market, Taiwan International Flower Trade Center Large Site For Cut Flowers Market / H.P. Chueh Architects & Planners

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Architects: H.P. Chueh Architects & Planners
Location: City,
Area: 29,700 sqm
Year: 2012
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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

SANAA’s ‘Cloud Boxes’ Wins First Prize in Taichung City Competition

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SANAA, it is. In attempts to separate itself from its sister cities, Taichung City has named SANAA, led by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, winners of an international competition that intends to unite a newly formed city. As of December 2010, Taichung city executed a mega-merger that increased its population from 1 million inhabitants to 2.5 million, encompassing the skyscraping towers of downtown Taichung to the agricultural mountainside villages of Taichung County. As a result, the local government envisioned a new urban space that would place art at its core, celebrating the regions’ disparate cultures. 

Chayi Industrial Innovation Center / Bio-architecture formosana

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Architects: Bio-architecture formosana
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Ying-Chao Kuo, Ching-Hwa Chang
Participants: Chang-Lien Lin, Jia-Liang Hong, Hui-Ching Hwang, Hsiao-Hsian Wang
Area: 17,200 sqm
Year: 2011
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Les Bébés Cupcakery / JC Architecture

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

Taichung Infobox / Stan Allen Architect

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Architects: Stan Allen Architect
Location: , Taiwan
Project Team: Stan Allen, FAIA; Marc McQuade; Chris Oliver; Rosalyne Shieh; Dahlia Roberts
Associate Architect: W.B. Huang Architects & Planners
Project Coordinator: Feng Chia University Design Center
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect, Iwan Baan

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
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Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / RMJM

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With arts and culture at the core of Taichung’s urban identity, and the vision to lead in innovation and technology, this design proposal by RMJM seeks to bring together these significant attributes in a building emblematic of Taichung’s achievements and vision. Located at the corner of Taichung Gateway Park, the project becomes an urban oasis and a vital link between existing communities and future urban development, providing a social and focus and an arrival gateway to the park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / SZA

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Designed by SZA (Studio za arhitekturu), their City Center proposal is a complex space structure. With its ground plan being 50 x 50 m, their concept creates an energetic, self-sufficiency throughout the project through a system of a vertical accordion and through an exchange of functional storeys and sustainable construction storeys. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team)

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Designed by BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team), their proposal for the new City Center grows from the earth, with the strength of the sea and mountains, to show to the world how is; how Taichung is. The design uses this strength to configure an astonishing landscape architecture able to project the cultural center internationally. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

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The condition for this proposal by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects for the City Cultural Center competition is very unique and original since two distinct buildings, library and fine arts museum, should coexist in one site. For the architectural design that fulfills this exclusive condition, the architects applied the notion of “Taiji”, the verity of yin and yang that has existed since the ancient era of Chinese history. In this new design, the spatial arrangement of library and art museum are planned to confront and interact at the same time, giving the positive effect to each . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Reiser + Umemoto’s Taipei Pop Music Center Breaks Ground in Taiwan

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Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC‘s Taipei Pop Music Center (TPMC) breaks ground today on the edge of , . Challenging the limitations of traditional performance space, the center will consist of several mixed-use spaces woven together into a dynamic, multi-purpose venue that reflects and supports the evolving culture of pop music. Three monumental elements—the Main Hall, Hall of Fame, and Industry Shell—symbolize the principal uses and attractions of the complex, making it a powerful representation of Taiwan’s pop music industry worldwide.

More on the new Taipei Pop Music Center after the break…

Taichung Cultural City Center Competition Entry / de Architekten Cie.

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The proposal for the Cultural City Center by de Architekten Cie. is composed of a well-defined system of voids as the museum and the library are designed as a flexible structure to be able to follow frequent changes in museum and library philosophy. Lifts and escalators are built into both buildings to provide an indubitable vertical communication and an evident orientation for future visitors. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Cultural Center Comeptition Entry / Williamson Architects

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Australia based Williamson Architects’ proposal for the City Cultural Center of , aims to create a sculptural beauty that resurrects the romance of the architectural journey through a building. Driven by function, the building’s form is expressed in its own beauty to create not only a landmark public structure but also creating a catalyst drawing people and activity, beautifully connecting all strata of society. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch

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Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch (Rena Sakellaridou and Morpho Papanikolaou) shared with us their proposal, titled ‘Calligraphic-scapes,’ for the Taichung City Center competition which stems from the origins of calligraphy. The rigorous transformation of knowledge, to be found in written language, is brought together with the poetic domains of art by means of calligraphy as the medium. As such, it brings together both the library and art museum into a new hybrid entity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / TheeAe LTD.

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Designed by TheeAe LTD., the main idea for their ‘Wooden Wave’ proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition was driven by its elements in historical buildings which have had its form of curve, wooden structure, prolonged canopies and so on. In respect of the past architecture, they believe change or new is not a sole creation from nothing, but rather evolution from the past. More images and architects’ description after the break.