OMA wins first prize for taipei performing arts centre competition OMA wins first prize for taipei performing arts centre competition
jan 26, 2009

OMA wins first prize for taipei performing arts centre competition

‘taipei performing arts centre’, model by OMA all images courtesy OMA




the office of metropolitan architects (OMA) has been awarded first prize in the design competition to build the taipei performing arts centre. built above an existing food market the design includes a 1,500 seat theatre and two 800 seat theatres which plug into a central cube, clad in corrugated glass, that combines the stage accommodations of the three theatres in a single whole. each theatre can be used independently or in a combination. the building is expected to cost approximately 120 million USD and is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

‘taipei performing arts centre’, model – detail by OMA

‘taipei performing arts centre’, model


‘taipei performing arts centre’, model

‘taipei performing arts centre’

‘taipei performing arts centre’ rendering

  • why?

    opa says:
  • The spanish project of Abalos+sentkiewicz is amazing….
    Check it out

    I don’t know who was the Jury but they really mist a great inovative project.

    james robert says:
  • Just the name made them to win the project, the work was done by a trainee

    mb says:
  • Visually it looks very bulky, unsafe & prison like.

    DVJ. says:
  • I like Morphosis ones better!!
    This doesn’t fit into Shilin’s city context at all!!
    It looks all wrong….

    Morphosis’s Performing Arts Center has a much more flowing form which fit into this area perfectly. Plus the architecture does not seems so bulky!

    Judy 1.Feb.2009 says:
  • I totally agree with all of you guys’ comments. just the name brought the 1st prize to OMA office. Honestly, it looks like a crap with the weird sphere…

    anonymous person says:

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