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

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.


TPMC is born out of a commitment to cultural conditions that can advance the richness of Taipei’s music industry, the activity of the city, and the multiple programs that sponsor its vitality; from this emerges a form of hybridity, a condition that is so characteristic of Taipei itself. The principles behind its success must be those of an open city: a project with urban elements that have been reconfigured to be more than just a hinge between inside and outside but a new geography of cultural pressures and possibilities.

Our design posits the topological surface of the ruled canopy as an architectural figure that can give form and identity to a large expansive site while holding clusters of program together in a loose yet conjoined unity. It is a form that defines an interior volume as acoustically distinct while creating an exterior shell that touches on issues of symbolism, visibility and access in one gesture. The ruled surface, as a figure, also offers at least three ways to engage functional possibilities: a canopy for protection against the elements, a vertical fin for billboards and signage, as well as the scupper for hydrology. Streets, alleyways and market spaces extend through and beyond the pleats of this surface creating opportunities to intensify difference and enable invention. The north is urban, the south is a futuristic botanical universe and the spaces in between are open to the colonization of young, optimistic and entrepreneurial market makers.

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Sebastian Jordana
Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "3rd Prize at Taipei Pop Music Center Competition / office dA" 15 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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