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  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

View of Oceanic Pavilion towards the Pacific Ocean. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects’ schematic design for the ChinPaoSan Necropolis has been approved. The scheme, planned for an oceanfront property just 40 minutes from , 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 Taiwan’s capital, the museum will foster the research of arts, literature and history, while exhibiting local talent.

Cascading volumes featuring an auditorium, classrooms and exhibition 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 .

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 Taifong Club, in Changhua,

The two Portuguese architects began the recently-completed project in 2009. The clubhouse includes spaces for recreational and cultural 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.

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, 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.

Ultra-Ruin / Marco Casagrande

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: City, Taiwan
Year: 2013
Photographs: AdDa Zei, Courtesy of

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: ,
Area: 29,700 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: AdDa Zei

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

First Prize. Image Courtesy of SANAA via City Center

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
Photographs: Courtesy of Bio-architecture formosana

Les Bébés Cupcakery / JC Architecture

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Architects: JC Architecture
Location: Taipei,
Architect In Charge:
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: Taichung,
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
Photographs: Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / RMJM

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With arts and culture at the core of ’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 cultural focus and an arrival gateway to the park. More images and architects’ description after the break.