mass studies' folding facade for taichung city cultural center
mass studies' folding facade for taichung city cultural center mass studies' folding facade for taichung city cultural center
sep 11, 2013

mass studies' folding facade for taichung city cultural center

mass studies’ folding facade for taichung city cultural center
all images courtesy of mass studies




a series of dynamic folding layers are displayed in mass studies‘ proposal for the taichung city cultural center. the south-korean firm was one of the four finalists selected for the international competition that aims to put taichung’s art and culture on an international stage. their proposal features contrasting horizontal and curving volumes, formed by a patterned geometric facade. the porous structure varies the size of its open punctuations, allowing different levels of light to filter through. gently bending from roof to wall, the folded overhangs create semi-outdoor spaces, while maintaining key views shafts to the surrounding landscape. the linearity of the horizontal second level is broken at ground level, as the plan weaves the landscape into its built form – blurring the boundary between the interior and exterior. programs include a corporate art exchange area, exhibition hall, multi-media and internet resources, and a circular-shaped children’s reading room that is wrapped around a central pond. mimicking the undulating nature of the building, the landscaping incorporates a wetland and a children’s playground, creating both a relaxing and playful atmosphere.


see the designboom coverage of the winning entry by SANAA here.



view of wetland from convention center



approaching the main entrance through the urban loggia



approaching the park open lobby through the park loggia



approaching the children’s playground through the park loggia



floating lake



view from taichung gateway park toward the grand corridor



approaching the main entrance from park avenue 2






sectional perspective



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