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PRIM4 Hair Salon / YOMA DESIGN

  • Architects: YOMA DESIGN
  • Location: Lane 40, Andong Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
  • Area: 98.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio

© Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio

Musee De La Roche Corail / Jerry KO Studio

  • Architects: Jerry KO Studio
  • Location: Liuqiu Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 929
  • General Contractor: Mr. Young
  • Area: 290.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Dak Dzin

© Dak Dzin © Dak Dzin © Dak Dzin © Dak Dzin

Hua Nan Bank Headquarters / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

  • Architects: KRIS YAO | ARTECH
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Area: 51881.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

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

Apartment Refurbishment in Taipei / CHI-TORCH Interior Design

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RUNNING Pacidal! Kindergarten Sinchen / Wang, Pe-Jen Architects + Lin, Chi Chin

© Chi , Po Lin © Chi , Po Lin © Chi , Po Lin © Chi , Po Lin

Renovation of Split-Level Hair Salon & Residential / HAO Design studio

  • Architects: HAO Design studio
  • Location: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Interior Design: House Design
  • Area: 315.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hey! Cheese

© Hey! Cheese © Hey! Cheese © Hey! Cheese © Hey! Cheese

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

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.

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

Foster + Partners have broken ground on Taiwan’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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Taiwan Photon Source Accelerator Facilities / J. J. Pan & Partners

  • Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
  • Location: National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 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 Wang, Jing-Pong Chen, Wei Kao, Yuen-Lin Chang, Yi-Chyau Su, Fang-Chen Wu, Cheng-En Wang, 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
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Wei-Shih Hsieh

© Wei-Shih Hsieh © Wei-Shih Hsieh © Wei-Shih Hsieh © Wei-Shih Hsieh

The Pacific House / Wang, Pe-Jen Architects

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

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

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 Taichung 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

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

© Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio

Red Dot Hotel / Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen

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

© Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Their First Building in Taiwan

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.

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Steven Holl Granted Approval for Taiwan ChinPaoSan Necropolis

Steven Holl Architects’ schematic design for the Taiwan 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. 

Concept watercolor. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Oceanic Pavilion, geometry and interior space diagram. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Oceanic Pavilion, entry and public space. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Oceanic Pavilion, section. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Shigeru Ban to Construct Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

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 cultural 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...