MVRDV has unveiled its proposal for a major museum in taiwan, a design which came third as part of an international competition. located in close proximity to taipei, the country’s capital, as well as the national airport, the city of taoyuan has expanded in size in recent years. as a new cultural institution, the ‘taoyuan museum of art’ seeks to give the region a sense of identity and character for its growing population.

MVRDV taoyuan museum
all images © MVRDV and JJP architects & planners



MVRDV’s design for the 29,000 square meter museum, which was developed alongside JJP architects & planners and TOPOTEK1, is inspired by taoyuan’s peach flower symbol. the masterplan for the vast complex includes a series of ‘rooms’, which contain different aspects of the overall program. the museum, which is found within the pink (or cherry) zone, comprises a series of human-scale buildings.

MVRDV taoyuan museum
the museum seeks to give the region a sense of identity and character



‘pathways can go in between and over to open up the program,’ MVRDV explains. ‘by designing the programs in circular configurations, they avoid edges and one can easily go ‘around’ enlarging the accessibility. by overlaying these petal-like volumes they create connections and nice shadow providing overhangs and shading. these flower-like figures appear in the park and form a new identity for the park.’

MVRDV taoyuan museum
the project would feature dramatically sculptural interiors



pinkish aluminum façades are employed throughout giving an unmistakable character to the site. meanwhile, roof terraces with cherry trees expand upon the green qualities of the site and the surrounding park. ‘taoyuan museum of art and its surrounding landscape becomes a true cultural destination with a park that turns the area into a kind of cherry room for the city,’ says MVRDV. the competition was eventually won by joe shih architect, riken yamamoto, and field shop.

MVRDV taoyuan museum
the scheme is inspired by taoyuan’s peach flower symbol

MVRDV taoyuan museum
pinkish aluminum façades are employed throughout the design

MVRDV taoyuan museum
the site is highly visible from passing trains

MVRDV taoyuan museum
roof terraces with cherry trees expand upon the green qualities of site



project info:


name: taoyuan museum of art
location: taoyuan, taiwan
year: 2018
program: 29,000 sqm museum and cultural institution
budget: undisclosed


MVRDV & JJP architects and planners


MVRDV — winy maas, jacob van rijs and nathalie de vries
design team: winy maas, wenchian shi, hui hsin liao with cosimo scotucci, daehee suk, boris maas, alessio palmieri, vedran skansi, javier lopez manchero, seul lee, and maria stamati
visualization: antonio luca coco, luca piattelli, francesco vitale, kirill emieianov, pavlos venturis, and giovanni coni


JJP architects and planners
architect: joshua pan and su chungwei
design team: joshua pan, su chungwei, david lee, wu yu-chiao, sung hsiu-tzu, shao ching, tseng yen-chin, chen yang-sheng, hsieh wei-lun, hsiao chun-hao, ady tsai


landscape: TOPOTEK1
engineering: steensen varmin
consultants: envision engineering consultants, environmental arts design, the urbanists collaborative, yuan-tai engineering consulting co. ltd, majestic engineering consultants, inc., taiwan tech, and pei-ni beatrice hsieh