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  7. SANE Architecture's Taichung City Cultural Centre: Entry in the Future Project Awards 2014

SANE Architecture's Taichung City Cultural Centre: Entry in the Future Project Awards 2014

SANE Architecture's Taichung City Cultural Centre: Entry in the Future Project Awards 2014
Terrace View. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture
Terrace View. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture

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 Cultural 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.

SANE Architecture's Taichung City Cultural Centre: Entry in the Future Project Awards 2014, Courtesy of SANE architecture
Courtesy of SANE architecture

The site is located on the northern end of the Taichung Gateway Park. The project integrates the park landscape to form a key cultural landmark and an entryway gesture into the park. In such a complex environment the architect "proposed a light structure", with a key concept being the idea of permeability. 

Atrium. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture
Atrium. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture

Integrating sustainable components was also key to the designers' ethos. The building produces electricity from wind through the use of an Invelox system. Each one of the fifteen vertical towers will be fitted with an omnidirectional funnel which captures the wind and directs it through a "tapering passageway", naturally accelerating its flow through the use of several Venturi tubes. "The individual streams of kinetic energy will then drive a single generator that is installed safely and economically at ground level. The proposal includes control systems that respond "to seasonal as well as diurnal variations, mixed mode ventilation systems with energy reclaim systems." On site renewables (such as ground water, aeolian renewable energy, solar water heating, photovoltaics PV and wind assisted ventilation) also feature heavily.

Night View. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture
Night View. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture

See more projects from this competition here.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Taichung City, Taiwan
  • Architects in Charge

    Christina Chelarescu, Traian Bompa
  • Consultants

    Coda Strategies
  • Client

    Taichung City Local Authority
  • Area

    45000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

References: SANE architecture, Future Project Awards 2014

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "SANE Architecture's Taichung City Cultural Centre: Entry in the Future Project Awards 2014" 04 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/493111/competition-entry-new-taichung-city-cultural-center-sane-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Courtesy of SANE architecture

SANE设计事务所的台中文化中心:入围2014未来项目奖