design initiatives: new taipei city museum of art design initiatives: new taipei city museum of art
sep 10, 2011

design initiatives: new taipei city museum of art

‘new taipei city museum of art’ by design initiatives, taipei, taiwan images courtesy of design initiatives

bulgarian practice design initiatives has submitted a ‘new taipei city museum of art’ proposal for the open international competition for taipei city, taiwan. the design intends to redefine the meaning of art museum and to alter the way it functions. the form organizes a relationship between visitors and the landscape. a manipulation of movement induces the production of new urban opportunities. a synthesis of the different programmatic functions: art museum, park, footbridge, services in a flexible, versatile space.

entrance facade

the building is sited in the middle of a park and elevated from the ground to allow the pedestrian to flow unrestricted. the park is connected from both sides continuing the existing park alleys and bike paths through the semi-outdoor park pavilions of pop-art, children’s and services

programmatic functions. the glass pavilions are open and have a visual contact with the park and da-han river. the new footbridge from ying-ge train station provides pedestrian access to the first level. the complex is organized around the idea of a path of gradation and discoveries: a 3d spatial loop where first the users get interested in the covered outdoor plaza, courtyard and lapidarium, then the users enjoy the euphoria in the contemporary fine arts museum on second and third mezzanine levels.

building is elevated at street level

aerial view

aerial view


floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1 floor plan / level 2




programmatic diagram

conceptual diagram

project info:

type: culture location: new taipei city, taiwan date: august, 2011 status: competition client: new taipei city government area: 51,045 sq. m. credits: vlado valkof – architect; malgorzata blasik, anne valkof, – designers; rumen yotov, image adv. – rendering; nick tonchev – civil engineering

  • Quite interesting. But really need to work hard in bringing natural lights to the shaded park below building.

    Rd+ says:
  • This fits the overall horrible and absolutely characterless architecture of Taipei… Therefore I’d say at least it relates to the site.

    Bernard says:
  • Is this the state of architecture now? Everything that is shown has to have a sense of extravagance, an obligation to wow, excite with theatrics? We have prostituted ourselves, our dignity and responsibility to make sensible spaces.

    disgruntled says:
  • 1: this is just ugly. 2: this could be either an lowcost airport or a train station. 3: this could be in taiwan, nigeria, brussels or tripoli. 4: this has photoshop children sketch filter effects. 5: this has the poorest 2d drawings. 6: this has 1 test renders as presentation ones.
    In a nutshell: its sad, its ugly, its poor, its not architecture and it does not have any meaning at all.
    I´m sorry.
    And Designboom criteria is difficult to describe.
    Best luck to all

    rasterbator says:
  • esto es horrible, pero en la pagina de ellos uno puede ver cosas peores

    l says:
  • What a great design!

    Cheyne O. says:
  • Being a new yorker I think this project really brings about contemporary issues in the field today.

    D $ashen says:
  • Quite possibly, one of the best projects to grace the pages of this website.
    Beautiful renderings!

    C. Owens says:
  • look at the plan it’s amazing and beautiful. very simple and elegant.

    owen says:
  • I really admire the renderings.

    Jong says:
  • is it a foot from heaven?

    Mr.Lai says:

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