Mecanoo’s performing arts centre nears completion in Taiwan

Dutch practice Mecanoo is putting the finishing touches to an arts centre in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung, which plays host to a selection of opera houses, concert halls and an open-air theatre set into its bulging roof. Situated on a former military training base, The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts will be the

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Winning design for Taiwan art museum features sloped green roofs

Joe Shih Architects and Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop have won the international competition to design an art museum in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Called “The Hill”, the winning design for the Taoyuan Museum of Art features a pair of buildings with inclined green roofs on either side of a raised railway. The back-to-back buildings form a “symbolical gate and hub”

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Taipei’s latest skyscraper inspired by the shape of bamboo shoots

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners is set to design the latest addition to Taipei’s skyline – a green bamboo-shaped skyscraper that will house not one, but two luxury hotels. The Italian multi-disciplinary design practice is creating the 280-metre-tall Taipei Sky Tower (TST) for Taipei-based developers Riant Capital Limited. With its curved edges, angled tip and grooved green

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Glazed extension to Taiwan home by 5X Studio provides views of plants and the sky

This extension to a house in Taiyuan City, Taiwan, contains independent living spaces for two brothers, which are connected by a glazed corridor that traverses a narrow plant-lined courtyard. Architects Joe Wang and Alfie Huang of local office 5X Studio designed the extension for clients who wanted their sons to have a sense of independence

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HAO Design converts 1980s townhouse into furniture shop and cafe in Taiwan

A skinny townhouse in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung has been transformed into a brightly lit cafe and furniture store by local studio HAO Design. Located in the city’s Zuoying district, the once dark and compartmentalised property has been transformed by removing internal walls and a disruptive staircase to open up the split-level space. “First we removed the solid

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“Feather-like” screens front church in Taiwan by MAYU Architects

Rows of perforated aluminium shades intended to represent the feathers of an eagle shield the facade of this concrete and glass church in the Taiwanese city of Tainan. Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church was designed by local studio MAYU Architects for a site surrounded by residential buildings in the city on Taiwan’s southwest coast. The architects

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Stone-walled house in Taiwan provides residents with Pacific Ocean views

Taipei-based Creat+Think Design Studio used stone excavated from the site to build this house on a slope in Taiwan overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The architects dug out the hillside to create a stepped terrain for the house, located on the eastern seaboard of Taiwan facing the sea. The three levels, described as like rice patty terraces, place the

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KC Design Studio adds perforated facade and atrium to skinny Taiwanese townhouse

KC Design Studio has updated a 3.7-metre-wide house in Taiwan with a perforated facade and lightwell to combat the lack of daylight in the island’s dense neighbourhoods. The local studio was asked to improve the natural lighting in the 50-year-old home situated in close proximity to noisy tourist attractions and night markets, without compromising the client’s privacy or security. “Considering the lack of privacy and good view,

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MVRDV designs Y-shaped villa with rooftop swimming pool for Taiwan

Dutch firm MVRDV has unveiled plans to build a Y-shaped house with a swimming pool cradled into its angular roof. Called Y House, the unusual villa will form part of a new residential community on the outskirts of Taiwanese city Taiwan. It will be used as a holiday home – one of the reasons why the

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Toyo Ito’s Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan nears completion

These new photographs reveal the cavernous form of an opera house by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, which is taking shape in the Taiwanese city Taichung (+ slideshow). Taichung Metropolitan Opera House by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Toyo Ito is expected to open later this year. These shots taken by Lucas K Doolan, a New Zealand photographer currently working in Taiwan, were taken during a More

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MVRDV unveils plans for sunken lagoon park in Taiwan

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV is to replace a flooded shopping centre in the Taiwanese city Tainan with a lagoon to create a “hip urban pool” and artificial beach (+ slideshow). The Rotterdam firm won a competition to transform the shopping centre into a park and is working with local studios The Urbanist Collaborative and LLJ Architects on […]

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BIG’s mountain-shaped resort in Taiwan is aimed at retired holidaymakers from China

The first holiday home has been built at the BIG-designed Hualien Residences in Taiwan, a resort development for retirees that still want active vacations (+ slideshow). The 1,000-square-metre house is the first building on the site, which is five kilometres south of Hualien City, between the ocean and mountains. According to BIG, Hualein is experiencing a population decline with many of its younger […]

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Richard Rogers wins Taiwan Taoyuan airport terminal competition

London studio Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has won a bid to design a new terminal for Taiwan’s largest airport, seeing off competition from Foster + Partners and UN Studio (+ movie). Terminal 3 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will comprise a new terminal building, boarding gates, concourses and a multi-function building, along with transport […]

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Eataipei

In between London and Paris Fashion Weeks, whilst some were in Milan, I was invited to attend a very special breakfast at Tent London called Eataipei. Taipei has been named World Design Capital 2016 and to celebrate this I was given the opportunity to experience an immersive culinary performance curated by designer Shikai Tseng and […]

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Foster, Rogers and UNStudio compete to design major new Taiwan airport terminal

Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and UNStudio are battling to win the tender for a new £1 billion terminal at Taiwan’s largest airport, Taoyuan International. The architecture firms are among the three teams shortlisted to design the 640,000-square-metre Terminal 3 building at Taoyuan International Airport, set to accommodate an additional 45 million […]

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Zaha Hadid wins contest for landmark bridge across Taipei’s Tamsui River

Zaha Hadid Architects has won a competition to design a 920-metre-long bridge across the mouth of the Tamsui River in the Taiwanese capital (+ movie). Billed as “the world’s largest asymmetric cable-stayed bridge with a single tower”, the Danjiang Bridge will be supported by just one 175-metre-high concrete mast to reduce its visual impact on […]

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Zhonghe Sports Center in Taiwan boasts a hood-like faceted form

Taipei studio Q-Lab has completed a sports centre in Taiwan that appears to be shrouded under a huge faceted hood (+ slideshow). Located in New Taipei City, the municipality that surrounds Taiwan’s capital, the Zhonghe Sports Center provides public facilities for a range of sports and activities including badminton, basketball, rock climbing and hockey. Related story: […]
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Marine science museum by Foster + Partners starts on site in Taiwan

News: Foster + Partners has unveiled its design for a new National Museum of Marine Science and Technology in northern Taiwan, which has now begun construction. Billed to become the largest aquarium in northern Taiwan, the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology will be located on the waterfront in Keelung, a port city north-east of […]
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Mayor pulls plug on Sou Fujimoto’s Taiwan Tower over safety and cost concerns

News: Taichung mayor Lin Chia-lung has temporarily halted development of Sou Fujimoto’s tree-inspired 300-metre tower for the city, which he says is “problematic” in terms of structure and safety. Total costs are reported to have increased from NT$8 billion (£166 million) to NT$15 billion (£312 million) for the Taiwan Tower – conceived as Taichung’s answer to the […]
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Woodland greenhouse by Divooe Zein Architects provides shelter for flora and fauna

Divooe Zein Architects has installed an arced structure covered in nets to shelter a woodland glade near the Taiwanese capital, Taipei (+ slideshow). The branches of existing trees poke through the mesh covering of the 270-square-metre polytunnel that was constructed by local studio Divooe Zein Architects. Related story: Studio Nomad’s mirror installation reflects fragments of forest at a Hungarian […]
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Richard Meier reveals 163-metre skyscraper underway in Taiwan

News: American architect Richard Meier has unveiled his design for a 163-metre-high skyscraper that is already under construction in the Taiwanese city of Taichung. The Taichung Condominium Tower is designed by Richard Meier & Partners to create 110 luxury apartments in the centre of the city, with a private swimming pool, fitness centre and sky garden. The buildings […]

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