26,400 sq m arts centre for Taiwan

Tuesday 23 Sep 2014

Shigeru Ban takes first place in design competition for Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban has been revealed as the winner of a design competition for the new Tainan Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan. The competition was launched by Tainan City Government and published by WAN’s Business Information Service, with a construction budget of NT$1,780m.

At the core of the scheme is the promotion of arts education, a showcase for local arts, tourism, and sustainable design, with the government keen to complete a public art museum of national standards that retains a local cultural flavour.

A minimum project area was set at 26,400 sq m and the brief stipulated the inclusion of: permanent, general, and special exhibition spaces; a collection room with art warehouse, an area to repair artworks, study space, and ancillary spaces; an Art Resource Center for education purposes able to accommodate 150 seats; souvenir shops, bookstores, and restaurants; service spaces; parking facilities; and exterior landscaping. 

Renderings of the winning design suggest a development that is open to the elements, sheltered by an overhanging roofscape. Colourful interlocking volumes are stacked atop one another, creating a dynamic presentation to passers-by. Verdant foliage has been incorporated into the plans, both in the external grounds and integrated into the internal spaces.

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