Japanese practice SANAA with local Taiwanese studio Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners has been confirmed as the winning team in a competition to design the Taichung City Cultural Center, comprising the Taichung Public Library and Taichung Fine Arts Museum. The original tender for the competition can be found here via WAN’s Business Information Service.
SANAA and Ricky Liu & Associate’s winning concept centres on a cluster of interlocking white volumes without rigid walls. Instead, the building is defined by fluid mesh curtains which are semitransparent, enabling those within to gaze out and visitors approaching the complex to view the activity within.
These translucent drapes conceal elevated walkways which create viewing platforms and simple connections between the various cultural aspects of the centre. A central atrium welcomes visitors to the Taichung City Cultural Center and is both a key meeting point and a space from which to peruse the building’s cultural services through the cavernous void above.
Within the white cubic form will be permanent exhibition spaces, administration offices, exhibition space for special collections, multimedia resources, quiet reading zones, rooftop terraces and education facilities.
The other teams on the competition shortlist were: Stucheli Architekten AG / Mathis Tinner (Switzerland); MASS STUDIES / Minsuk Cho (Korea); Eisenman Architects, PC / Peter Eisenman (U.S.A.); and Jean-loup Baldacci ( France).