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In Progress: Palace Museum-Southern Branch / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

In Progress: Palace Museum-Southern Branch / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH© Jeffrey Cheng© Jeffrey ChengRender. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH+ 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiayi, Taiwan (ROC)
  • Area

    38413.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    National Palace Museum, Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH, Jeffrey Cheng
  • Architects

  • Design Team

    Kuo-Chien Shen, Frank Lu, Max Chen, Winnie Wang, Ting-Tseng Shen, Jake Sun, Wen-Li Liu, Ting-Fung Ho, Wen-Ling Liao, Miya Yu, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo, Calvin Chen, Yi-Seng Tsai
  • Structural

    King - Le Chang & Associates
  • Plumbing, Electrical & Fire Protectrion

    Majestic Electrical Engineers Office
  • HVAC

    I. S. Lin & Associates Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape

    CNHW Planning and Design consultant
  • Lighting

    chroma33 Architectural Lighting Design
  • Building Physics

    ARUP
  • Landscape Bridge

    T. Y. Lin Taiwan Consulting Engineers, Inc
  • Building Structure

    Steel frame structure + RC
  • Façade Consultant

    maRco Skin Studio
  • Client

    National Palace Museum
  • Site Area

    200,000 sqm
  • Expected Completion

    2015
Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH
Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH

Chinese calligraphy: thick ink, half-dry strokes and smearing, all of which create smooth, wavy shapes of architecture.

An “international museum that exhibits arts and cultures of Asia”, the southern branch of the Palace Museum showcases classic national heirlooms along with the time, space and culture that they represent. The immense continent of Asia is home to three prominent civilizations, namely Chinese, Indian and Persian, represented allegorically by the dragon, the elephant and the horse respectively. The three distinctive images, each having its unique vitality and longevity, are transformed into streamline entities and integrated into the architecture, in which one sees the ongoing communication and interaction of the three invaluable heritages.

© Jeffrey Cheng
© Jeffrey Cheng

Also incarnated in the entities are three techniques in Chinese calligraphy: thick ink, half-dry strokes and smearing, all of which create smooth, wavy shapes of architecture.

Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH
Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH

Design of the area surrounding the branch exposes the theme of the Chianan Plain in ridges of green, alluvial fields that accommodate a number of resident species. Looking from a distance away, the branch rises amidst a billowing mass of highly diversified vegetation. The overall view expresses the designer’s respect and admiration for the mother earth in a miniature landscape reproducing the tenderness, featuring abundant rainfall and sophisticated irrigation channels, of this plain of abundance.

© Jeffrey Cheng
© Jeffrey Cheng

In addition, totems representing prehistoric, Pingpu and Tsou cultures on the Chianan Plain are scattered in landscape design and indicating signs to reflect the rich civilization, flora and fauna along the Tropic of Cancer, which spans from the Taiwan Straits through Chiayi County to the Central Mountain Range.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

“Green technology” is embodied in the use of techniques, materials, design and resources in the overall planning of the architecture. Considering the strong sunshine in southern Taiwan, the west wing of the architecture involves the use of solid panel whereas the east wing features outreaching eaves, both serving to shield sunlight. Openings are installed on the south and north sides to facilitate ventilation of the interior.

Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH
Render. Image Courtesy of KRIS YAO | ARTECH

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Cite: Cristian Aguilar. "In Progress: Palace Museum-Southern Branch / KRIS YAO | ARTECH" 21 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/557919/in-progress-palace-museum-southern-branch-kris-yao-artech> ISSN 0719-8884

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