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Taiwan Tower / Little

Courtesy of Little
Courtesy of Little

The Taiwan Tower International Design Competition awarded Little, a Merit Award for its contribution in conceptual designs of a signature tower in Taichung, Taiwan. The emphasis on the competition is to provide a marker to symbolize Taiwan’s history and spirit at the Taichung Gateway Park, an international portal of Central Taiwan as a place for innovation, culture and biodiversity. More information and images after the break.

Kaohsiung Competition Proposal / Ojanen Chiou

Courtesy of Ojanan Chiou
Courtesy of Ojanan Chiou

Within this past month we featured STL, Sun & Associates and Maxwan’s proposal for the Kaohsiung Competition. Now, Ojanen Chiou shares with us their design for a Marine and Pop Music Center where they are aiming to bring the waterfront spaces of the marine port and the urban edge of the community together. The dynamic qualities of the form demonstrate not only a cultural heritage, but a look into the future of pop music cultures and activities for the city. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Taiwan Tower Design Competition / OODA + OOIIO

© OODA + OOIIO
© OODA + OOIIO

Check out this tower proposal designed by Portugal-based OODA Architecture in collaboration with the Spanish and American studio OOIIO for the City of Taichung. The proposal received a merit award from the Taiwan tower competition, which asked participants to developed a conceptual vision for a landmark tower to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the founding of Taiwan, R.O.C. and to celebrate the merger between Taichung County and Taichung City. More images and more about the tower after the break.

Kaohsiung Competition Proposal / Maxwan

Courtesy of Maxwan
Courtesy of Maxwan

Within this past month we featured STL and Sun & Associates‘ proposal for the Kaohsiung Competition. Now, Maxwan shares with us their design for a Marine and Pop Music Center. Their design, titled ‘LOVE COVE’, focuses on exposing the reality of the various activities that take place at the marine port through a visual showcase while engaging with the culture of the country. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Kaohsiung Competition Proposal / Sun & Schrempp Associates

performance halls
performance halls

A couple weeks ago, we featured STL‘s proposal for the Kaohsiung Competition. Now, Sun & Schrempp Associates have shared with us their design for a Marine and Pop Music Center driven by the wave motion of the water experienced at Kaohsiung’s marine port. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Kaohsiung Competition proposal / STL

Courtesy of STL
Courtesy of STL

With the intention of framing a new cultural center within the iconic identity of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, STL has designed a complex program that will revive the cultural atmosphere of the city for the Kaohsiung Competition which is to be submitted by January 10, 2011. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition proposal / Ja StudioInc + Tadj –Farzin studio

Courtesy of Ja StudioInc
Courtesy of Ja StudioInc

Canadian architects Ja StudioInc in collaboration with Tadj –Farzin studio shared with us their proposal for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Kaohsiung Marine Culture and Pop Music Center Competition

The Marine Culture and Pop Music Center is an integral part of the major public investment and construction plan by the Kaohsiung City Government. Through the building of an international art and cultural performance venue and a marine culture center, the aim is to establish Kaohsiung as a fulcrum for Asia-Pacific pop music production and performance and an international exchange platform for marine culture.

Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts / Mecanoo

© Courtesy of Mecanoo, Render by Luxigon
© Courtesy of Mecanoo, Render by Luxigon

Mecanoo’s Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts has broken ground in Kaohsiung with a festive public celebration hosted by President Ma Ying-jeou and attended by Architect Francine Houben. The new cultural complex will be the largest in Asia at 141,000 sqm, featuring the most modern in theatre technology, housing a concert hall with 2000 seats, an opera house with 2250 seats, a playhouse with 1250 seats, a recital hall with 500 seats, a public library and studios for music and dance.

1st Prize at Taipei Pop Music Center Competition / Reiser + Umemoto

Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture PC along with joind tenderer Fei & Cheng Associates received first prize at the Taipei Pop Music Center Competition.

With the Taipei Pop Music Center, Reiser + Umemoto and ARUP have fundamentally rethought the live music and entertainment venue to meet the challenges and opportunities of pop music and digital media in the 21st century.

More images and full architect’s description after the break.

2nd Prize at Taipei Pop Music Center Competition / Studio Gang Architects

Studio Gang Architects, along with joint tenderer J. J. Pan and Partners received second prize at Taipei Pop Music Center Competition.

The idea of this project is to form a live music hub that creates richly diverse experiences reflective of Taipei’s music scene. The design knits together unique venues—large and small—with indoor, outdoor and semi-enclosed public spaces, forming a dense urban architecture connected through the live experience of music.

More images and full architect’s description after the break.

3rd Prize at Taipei Pop Music Center Competition / office dA

Office dA (design architect) with Y. Lin Architect (joint tenderer) and CAZA (design consultant)  received third prize at the Taipei Pop Music Center Competition.

Located in the Nangang District, the principal space design comprises of an indoor performing hall with 4500-6000 seats, an outdoor performing space with 15000 standing seats, exhibition space for reputed musicians, a digital library, a medium and small indoor exhibition and performing live house, industrial communities and incubation space, etc.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Taipei Pop Music Center proposal / ICE

Our AD Futures #1, ICE, an international office based in Hong Kong shared with us their proposal for the Taipei Pop Music Center competition.

Pop culture is the culture of change. Pop architecture is the space of change. Rather than a building, the TPMC provides a platform for spontaneous activities: a street, a park, a network of pedestrian circulation, which are embedded into an architectural framework. The design strategy for the TPMC defines the site through 3 different elements.

Full architect’s description and more images after the break.

Taipei 101 to become the world's tallest green building

Taipei 101, famous for being one of the world’s tallest buildings, is set to get some major eco-upgrades in an effort to save money, reduce its impact, and gain the much coveted title of “World’s Tallest Green Building.” In 2007, the Burj Dubai surpassed Taipei 101 in terms of height, but the Taiwanese building won’t give up the fight, throwing down $1.8 million in energy efficiency upgrades, which are expected to yield $20 million annually in savings and make it the Earth’s greenest and tallest building.

Over the next 18 months, the skyscraper will undergo significant energy efficiency upgrades and will also seek LEED Gold certification for existing buildings. The certification will largely depend on the building performance after the upgrades and renovations take place. The owners of Taipei 101 are teaming up with SL+A International Asia Inc., Siemens and EcoTech International Inc. to complete the eco-upgrades. Seen at Inhabitat. More images after the break.

Taiwan Pop Music Center / Visiondivision

Visiondivision’s latest entry for the Taiwan Pop Music Center competition aims to “transcend its visitors into a total escapism of pop.”  With different districts that use the effect of the main tower and specific angles of light,  the whole building expands dramatically in appearance, from a rather low key building in the distance to a spectacular body of light once approached.

More about the project including images and a further project description after the break.

Taiwan Center for Disease Control Complex proposal by RSVP

Our friends from San Juan/New York based RSVP architects shared with us their proposal for the competition to design the Taiwan Center for Disease Control Complex. Architect’s proposal and more images, as follow.

Chinatrust Bank Headquarters designed by NBBJ

photo by NNBJ
photo by NNBJ

After an international design competition and nearly two years of design, the high-profile, 2.5-million-square-foot Chinatrust Bank headquarters has broken ground in Taiwan. Designed by the Los Angeles office of NBBJ, in cooperation with the local firm Fei & Cheng Associates, the project is slated to reach completion in 2012.

The Chinatrust Bank development will consist of a 30-story headquarters building, a 21-story commercial office building, a 10-story hotel, and a four-level retail center. The project is designed to accommodate the bank’s growth, while supporting its status as the “Best Bank in Taiwan,” as named in Asiamoney, Euromoney, and FinanceAsia publications.

More images, after the break

Abalos+Sentkiewicz project for the Taipei Performing Arts Centre

The two-phase international competition for the new Performing Arts Centre in Taipei included more than 100 offices from around the world. The competition was won by OMA, and generated an intense discussion on ArchDaily.

Now we bring you a proposal from the 2nd phase by spanish architects  Ábalos + Sentkiewicz. We´ll try to get more projects so you can have the whole picture on this competition.

UPDATE: You can read Architect’s description after the break.