- Design Architect:RUR Architecture DPC
- Principals:Jesse Reiser, Nanako Umemoto
- Clients:Ministry of Culture of Taiwan + Taipei City Government
- Rur Team:Jesse Reiser, Nanako Umemoto, Neil Cook, Michael Overby, Juan De Marco, Hilary Simon, John Murphy, Kris Hedges, Eleftheria Xanthouli, Toshiki Hirano, Ryosuke Imaeda, Joy Wang, Massimiliano Orzi, Xian Lai, Jasmine Lee
- Structural Engineer:ARUP, Hong Kong (Schematic Design), Supertek, Taiwan (Detailed Design)
- Façade Consultant:Meinhardt Façade Technology (Shanghai)
- Theater, Acoustics Consultants:ARUP, New York (Schematic Design) ARUP, Hong Kong (Detailed Design)
- City:Nangang District
- Country:Taiwan (ROC)
Text description provided by the architects. Pop music, while a global phenomenon, is regional in its definition. The Taipei music scene typifies the phenomenon; while it crosses borders and cultures and dialects, it nevertheless has produced styles and genres with distinct transnational form and appeal. Though many aspects of pop culture exist in a hyper-technological or virtual realm, there is a need for a defined physical hub dedicated to the production and reception of pop.
The importance of the architectural expression of the TMC cannot be overstated. It is very important for the public and users to know that when they enter the precinct of the TMC they are entering a unique creative part of Taipei City with its own architectural identity, style, and aesthetics; for the identity of Taiwanese pop music, while enmeshed in its local roots has also transcended them and operates on a world stage. The success and excitement of this archipelago of pop culture and performance are predicated on urbanism that is architecturally distinct from what is around it, yet remains urbanistically connected.
While the scale and grain of the civic programs – retail, dining, offices, etc. – respect the vital fabric of Taipei street life, their architectural identity is unique and distinct. With the Taipei Music Center, a new elevated public ground is created, the Event Horizon, which will bridge the two building sites presently divided by Civic Boulevard. The groundwork for the public spaces is developed from a flowing crystalline geometry. It emerges from the ground but maintains its artificiality rather than being mimetic of landforms. This fabric also serves as the sole for the principle honorific programs of the TMC. The three iconic object buildings – the 6000seats Concert Hall, the Exhibition Hall, and the Creative Area Building – have different relationships to this crystalline urban fabric.
The Exhibition Hall cube, being the most ideal, is also the most autonomous object elevated from the ground. The ideal platonic geometry of the Exhibition Hall cube is a testament to the highest achievements of pop culture. The Exhibition Hall cube includes multiple Exhibition Spaces, Administrative Offices, and Collection storage spaces. The TMC while comprised of the three monumental elements – the Concert Hall, the Exhibition Hall, and the Creative Area Building – is perched atop a groundwork that organizationally integrates the center into the city of Taipei while remaining architecturally distinct. The iconic architectural programs symbolize the principal uses and attractions of the complex, making it a powerful representation of Taiwan’s pop music industry worldwide. They are immediately recognizable and palpable symbols to the visitor and to those who encounter the center remotely through electronic media.