alleswirdgut interprets taichung cultural center as landscape
alleswirdgut interprets taichung cultural center as landscape alleswirdgut interprets taichung cultural center as landscape
jun 27, 2013

alleswirdgut interprets taichung cultural center as landscape

alleswirdgut interprets ‘taichung cultural center’ as landscape
image © miss3
all images courtesy of alleswirdgut




in collaboration with taiwanese firm keystone architects, austrian firm alleswirdgut, transports the tectonics of the mountainous island to the northeast corner of taichung gateway park in their competition proposal for the ‘cultural center’, at the heart of taiwan’s third largest city. the dark silhouetted form is carved away, leaving ample shaded public space below, and sun-soaked terraces above. informed by local landmarks, the cuts are made conscientiously to frame views, connecting the park and city. the ground plane is composed of a large plaza that weaves through the building as an outdoor extension of the fine arts museum, and doubles as a sculpture garden. a second volume forms the library, which occupies the top floors of the edifice. separating the two programs, a glass-enclosed lobby is analogous to the shoreline dividing taiwanese mountains from their reflection in the sea. this interstitial zone accommodates circulation and encourages public interaction, while its transparent skin provides unobstructed panoramic creates a connection between the natural and urban context.



the public plaza doubles as a sculpture park
image © miss3



a glass-enclosed lobby separates the library from the museum, analagous to the shoreline dividing taiwanese mountains from their reflection in the sea
image © miss3



upper terraces frame prominent elements of taichung’s skyline
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light wells built into the project highlight outdoor art below
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the interstitial floor between the main programmatic elements provides ample space for circulation and interaction, in addition to 360 degree panoramas of the city and park context
image © miss3



the cultural center is located at the northeast corner of taichung gateway park
image © alleswirdgut



diagram of how the mountain landscape informs museum tectonics
image © alleswirdgut



connections to the city context inform the orientation of ‘valleys’ carved out of the edifice
image © alleswirdgut



matrix of public space, views, and light across the museum, connection zone, and library
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exploded axon of the cultural center illustrates the program
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partii sketch
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project info:


program: public library and fine arts museum
client: taichung city
international competition: june 2013
gross building area: 65,000 m²
planning: alleswirdgut & key stone architects
alleswirdgut team: christian zotz, ferdinand kersten, johanna aufner, jakub klima, veronika bienert, zeyneb badur, ana-pia ranz, kerstin schön, peter czimadi, petra nagy panna
key stone architects: elissa huang

  • Really interesting!

  • HOLY boolean difference!

    Nick says:
  • we have seen this before

    HANG / Hangzhou Gateway from JDS

    But in black its nicer anyway

    modulor says:
  • it look like Islam KAABA…

    TTK says:
  • Many times we have seen this kind of things, I think I have done something similar also as it’s basic boolean.
    But this time it’s absolutely sympathetic for me because of the details and the specific form!

    Allan says:

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