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Richard Meier & Partners International Projects To Look For In 2018

08:00 - 26 December, 2017
Richard Meier & Partners International Projects To Look For In 2018, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

The new year is almost here, and Richard Meier & Partners has four international projects that will be coming to fruition. These new multi-use building designs play with light, transparency, and volume as well as respond to their varying urban context. 

Hyper-Realistic Buildings That Can Fit on Your Desk

08:00 - 5 December, 2017
Hyper-Realistic Buildings That Can Fit on Your Desk, © Ben Neale for Joshua Smith
© Ben Neale for Joshua Smith

South Australian artist, Joshua Smith has created yet another true-to-life miniature, a locksmith shop in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The miniature was created for an exhibition at the Arcade Art Gallery in Kaohsiung called, ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ as part of the Streets of Taiwan festival. Miniaturist Joshua Smith selected the shop by using google maps, with supplemental reference photos taken by the gallery -- Joshua has not been to Taiwan, let alone the shop itself.

MVRDV-Designed Auditorium Features Sound Absorbing, Moss-Like Fabric Walls

16:00 - 11 November, 2017
MVRDV-Designed Auditorium Features Sound Absorbing, Moss-Like Fabric Walls, © Jut Group
© Jut Group

The JUT Foundation in Taipei has recently had its 240-square-meter lecture hall by MVRDV transformed into a mossy art installation with a textile artwork that spans not just edge to edge, but up the walls, by Argentinian artist, Alexandra Kehayoglou. The lecture hall hosts a number of talks and events and requires versatility. The custom moss-inspired carpet adds a level of comfort and interest to what otherwise could have been a monotonous space.

MVRDV's Tainan Axis Starts Construction in Taiwan

16:00 - 1 July, 2017
MVRDV's Tainan Axis Starts Construction in Taiwan, Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG
Courtesy of MVRDV. Image © APLUS CG

This week a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Tainan Axis, a project by MVRDV, and local architects The Urbanist Collaborative and LLJ Architects that is set to offer the Taiwanese city a revitalized plaza and green corridor. William Lai, the Mayor of Tainan, joined the Urban Development Bureau of Tainan City and the local architects to mark the beginning of construction.

Mecanoo and MAYU Architects+ Break Ground on Tainan Public Library

06:00 - 15 June, 2017
Mecanoo and MAYU Architects+ Break Ground on Tainan Public Library, Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Tainan Library.

OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled

09:40 - 1 September, 2016
OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled, OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled. Image © OMA by Chris Stowers
OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Facade Unveiled. Image © OMA by Chris Stowers

The scaffolding obscuring the facade of OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center has begun to come down, exposing the aluminum exteriors of the spherical Proscenium Playhouse and the Multiform Theatre for the first time. Upon completion, the experimental building will feature a looped public pathway, flexible auditoriums and unique stage environments. Construction on the building is now moving full speed ahead, with an expected opening date in June 2017.

Aedas' Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture in Taipei Nears Completion

16:15 - 30 August, 2016
Aedas' Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture in Taipei Nears Completion, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has released new renderings and photos of Lè Architecture as the 18-story building approaches completion. Inspired by the form and striations of river pebbles, the office building will provide a unique work environment along the Jilong River and will mark an important milestone in the revitalization of the Nangang District of Taipei.

'The Pitcher’s Mounds' an Urban Garden Baseball Stadium in Taiwan

08:00 - 14 July, 2016
'The Pitcher’s Mounds' an Urban Garden Baseball Stadium in Taiwan, Courtesy of S&Aa
Courtesy of S&Aa

Soriano & Arquitectos Asociados (S&Aa) together with JC Architecture + Near Future Architects + Bernabeu Ingenieros + Urculo Ingenieros has unveiled its plans for 'The Pitcher’s Mounds' a project that received fourth place in a competition to design the Tainan Asia-Pacific International Baseball Stadiums and Training Centers in Taiwan.

Mecanoo Wins Competition to Design Tainan Public Library

12:00 - 22 February, 2016
Mecanoo Wins Competition to Design Tainan Public Library, South East Facade. Image © Mecanoo architecten
South East Facade. Image © Mecanoo architecten

Mecanoo architecten and MAYU architects+ have won a competition to design the new Tainan Public Library in Taiwan. Their winning design "represents the meeting of cultures, generations and histories," says the architects. It will feature an inverted stepped facade that houses reading rooms, special collections, study spaces, a children’s area, café, conference hall, a 200-seat auditorium, and public courtyards. 

Empty Oil Cans May Not Be the Reason for Tainan Building Collapse

16:00 - 9 February, 2016
Empty Oil Cans May Not Be the Reason for Tainan Building Collapse, via CNN
via CNN

With a death toll that may exceed 100, the unfortunate collapse of the 17-story Weiguan Jinlong (Golden Dragon) apartment complex in Tainan this past Saturday has caused some major confusion. As the BBC reports, the 200-unit building, built in 1983 by a construction company that has since gone out of business, crumbled after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake while surrounding buildings remained unscathed. Though some are suspicious of the use of empty oil cans as fillers in the concrete pillars, structural engineers do not believe that to be the cause. The building is under investigation for "shoddy construction." Its developer (Lin Ming-hui) has been detained on charges of negligence leading to death. 

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