Hua Nan Bank Headquarters / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

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

Apartment Refurbishment in Taipei / CHI-TORCH Interior Design

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Interior Designers: CHI-TORCH Interior Design
Location: Aiguo East Road & Section 2, Hangzhou South Road, , Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Area: 181.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of CHI-TORCH Interior Design

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

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Architects: , , Lin, Chi Chin
Location: Hualien County
Area: 404.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Chi , Po Lin

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

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Location: Kaohsiung City,
Interior Design: House Design
Area: 315.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hey! Cheese

Zhonghe Sports Center / Q-Lab

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Architects: Q-Lab
Location: Zhonghe District, New City, Taiwan 235
Principal: Sense Tseng, Borden Tseng
Design Director: Borden Tseng
Project Manager: Tunghan Wu
Project Designers: Liyu Chen, Jimmy Chang, Junyang
Area: 12090.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Highlite Images

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 University Library, National University, National University Campus, No. 69號, Section 2, Jianguo North Road, Zhongshan District, 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, Pe-Jen Architects
Location: , Taiwan
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 –
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+ Pe-Jen
Location: City, Taiwan
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 Taiwan 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


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 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 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