Reiser + Umemoto win Taipei Pop Music Center Competition
Flexibility and transformation are the two big ideas that inform Reiser + Umemoto’s winning design, which took first place in the Taipei Pop Music Center international competition. Besting finalists Studio Gang of Chicago and Office D’A of Boston. Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture, will now begin planning and preliminary design the US $100 million project with local architect Fei & Cheng Associates and ARUP.
Reiser + Umemoto’s design envisions a new global music hub with multiple and flexible performances spaces that will become a 24-hour destination and a cultural icon much like New York’s Times Square. Located on a former industrial site, the center features an elevated public space that bridges two buildings sites divided by the Xinsheng highway. This space connects the center’s three major elements: the Main Concert Hall (the three lobed volumes) containing the main amphitheatre, the music business functions and recording studios; the Outdoor Amphitheatre, which has a mobile stage dubbed the ‘Robot Theatre’ that is situated on tracks allowing it to move to and from the other venues; and the Hall of Fame (the cube), a two-level podium raised above the street that will house functions such as exhibitions and retail. As flexibility is key, all of the venues will be wholly transformable to meet the needs of any performance. These venues will accommodate audiences ranging in size from 3,000 to 15,000 people.
The materials for the complex have been selected based on their performance attributes and in response to the hot climate, said Neil Cook, a project architect on the design team. The Main Hall will be constructed of perforated metal panel with a double skin to provide natural ventilation and passive cooling, Cook said. The Hall of Fame will be a lightweight structure with a translucent fabric or glass LED sandwich panels to provide a surface for broadcasting media. A wire net covering the podium will be made of compact solar panels with LED lights. The rectangular volume, commonly referred to as the Robot Theatre, will be constructed of piping to allow it to easily transform to any shape.
Construction is expected to begin in 2012 with completion slated for 2014.