STUDIO_KICK shared with us their proposal for the New Taipei City Art Museum competition. Their main goal is not to design an iconic form for the museum, but an iconic field activated by the museum, with events and interactions for the people. Rich in culture and natural scenery, Yingge, a western district in New Taipei City is an energetic city full of ongoing events. Therefore, the solution for a Modern Art Museum lies far from the traditional modern museum typology. More images and architects’ description after the break.
New Museum Typology
Establishing an isolated but easily accessible space on site generates interaction in the field that merges art with people’s everyday life. This museum not only provides a physical form, but a space that evokes natural public flow. It is a flexible space which houses different activities and links them to art and culture. The museum becomes the city’s lobby or ‘The Gathering Field.’
The site is located between Yingge Rock and Yinggle River. By creating a neutral space isolated from the city and nature, it creates a space for gathering. People looking at art, people looking at people and people at commercial activities adjacent to the museum are all as interrelated as possible.
The ‘field’ is formed in the center of the museum by four walls, with two edges lifted up, that connects the city with the river. The museum entry at the center provides interactions between the general public and museum visitors. ‘The Loop’ is a circulation created as a semi-public space intervening commercial programs that lead the flow into the museum step by step.
Architects: STUDIO_KICK Location: YINGGE, New Taipei City, Taiwan Design Team: Bernado Garcia, Pey Lung, Steven Tsai, Ximing Liu Collaborators: Marta Glez, Leo Mulvehill, Loukia Tsafoulia Project: New Taipei City Art Museum Competition Client: New Taipei City Government Site Area: 20,000 sqm Project Area: 51,045 sqm Project Year: 2011