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Taiwan Architecture Awards, Taiwan

Wednesday 29 Oct 2008

Taiwan Architecture Awards winners

Taiwan Architecture Awards by WAN Editorial in Taiwan
Far East Telecom Building 
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03/11/08 Kuang-Chein Bee, Taipei
The Redevelopment of the Loudong Wood Farm is NOT a project only 30% completed. It is an endless project, because, by nature all urban projects are endless.
It is common sense to know that city is a living creature, everything that applies to it has it's limit, and needs to adjust as time goes. It is also true for architecture in broader sense, but much less critical than those urban projects.
Loudong project is an urban project, it is awarded (to me, may not be shared by other juries) for the precision of its urban strategy which leads to the built urban framework; such as light towers, super-canopy, run way, bridge and so on... It will define the future development of the area, yet with tremendous freedom in the hands of later involved architects and their designs. The next phase of the cultural center building is one of them. It could be done by any good architect who has solid discipline in urban operation. Unfortunately, it will be done by the same architect, otherwise the Redevelopment of the Loudong Wood Farm Project would be an even more significant practice because of its strategical urban insight.

It is a good timing to award Loudong project for the achievement it stands for, specially, when our professionals have narrowed our urban practice into a not-much-more-than sentimental business.

Kuang-Chein Bee
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Competition proves too tough to decide... 

The 30th Taiwan Architecture Awards announced a surprise double win yesterday following an extremely tight competition. A panel of five judges awarded The Far East Telecom Building by ARCTANGENT aRCHITECTURE + dESIGN and the Redevelopment of the Old Loudong Wood Farm by Field.

Far East Telecom Building is located on the campus of the Yuan Ze University, a new university founded by the Far East Group. This building consists classrooms, labs, faculty offices, conference halls and auditoriums. The judges agreed that this project has successfully created a flowing space not only visually but also physically through the seemingly randomly extending stairs. The designer Kyle C. K. Yang said he was inspired by the cyber structure of the Internet, and his spatial arrangement attempts to reduce individual, separated rooms for classes while increasing open space where students are able to learn with encouraged interactions.

The judges were impressed by such a huge volume still can be well presented by concrete slabs. The masterly application of architectural elements has wonderfully created a flowing poetry in spaces. Yang's ambition to challenge the existing constructing technology available in Taiwan and the explosive energy he has demonstrated in such a task is one of the reasons he is awarded with the First Prize.

The Redevelopment of the Loudong Wood Farm is a project of at least five phases, and to architect Huang Sheng-Yuan, it is an endless project for himself and for local people. Canopies and wooden bridges are transformed from the most common structures in the rainy Loudong, they provide very relaxing spaces for local people to exercise, to take a walk, or to gather together simply for chatting. In the future a Sky Art Gallery and two stages for concerts among other facilities will be built for diversified events and performances.

It is an usual thing to award a project only 30% completed, but the judges wish to honor it because they are moved by Huang's long time devotion in this place and his effort in communicating with not only the county councilors and local elected officials but also everyone concerns in this neighborhood. Though most of the structures are not yet erected, the accomplished 30% has set out a much more significant starting point for quality urban and rural planning as well as more realistic and sincere public involvement.

Another three Honorable Mentions are Hsinkang Art High School(master plan and all buildings, including two old houses renovation on the site), Student Gymnasium of the Hisndien High School and a collective housing titled "Well-Tempered Clavier".

Taiwan Architecture Awards is organized by the Taiwan Architect Magazine. Over the past 30 years the Awards have been looking for value and perspective that can best present Taiwanese architecture.

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