SANAA wins taichung city cultural center competition
all images courtesy of SANAA / kazuyo sejima + ryue nishizawa and ricky liu & associates architects + planners
the pritzker prize winning team of SANAA (kazuyo sejima and ryue nishizawa) has been selected (among four other international shortlisted firms) by a master jury to realize the ‘taichung city cultural center‘ in taiwan. the competition sought out a vision for the development of taichung–a metropolis where arts and culture lie at the heart of its identity, while also being a key contributor to the economy and its presence on the global stage.
elevated walkways and a transparent façade create a feeling of openness and airiness
SANAA’s proposal, which has been conceived with local firm ricky liu & associates architects + planners, is an abstracted arrangement of white cubic volumes–the façade is not composed of strict vertical walls, but rather a draped and curved transparent mesh exterior which expresses movement and openness from both inside and outside. programs include permanent exhibition spaces, administration offices, multimedia and internet resource centre, special collections area, and several reading zones and rooftop terraces, which are linked by floating walkways. these circulation belts are defined by architectural voids, continuing this feeling of physical lightness, as well as offering expansive views of the interior.
the cultural center is defined by a billowing, mesh façade which expresses movement and openness
the new ‘taichung city cultural center’ is part of a cultural park plan located in the gateway city district. it will assist taichung’s urban development and is set to become a landmark in taiwan’s third-largest city, linking tourism and municipal marketing resources to enhance its cultural brand.