shigeru ban encloses tainan art museum beneath pentagonal roof canopy
 

shigeru ban encloses tainan art museum beneath pentagonal roof canopy

after more then eight years of planning and construction, the ‘tainan art museum’ opened its doors to the public in january of 2019. located in the heart of tainan’s cultural and historical district, the museum is housed within two separate structures: building 1, a former police station that dates back to the 1930s; and building 2, a new structure designed by japanese architect shigeru ban in collaboration with chao yung shih architects. the museum’s collections consists of important works and artifacts spanning 400 years, preserving the artistic and historical legacy of tainan, taiwan’s oldest city and historic capital. the aim of the museum is to integrate this art heritage so it becomes a daily part of the modern life.

shigeru ban encloses tainan art museum beneath pentagonal roof canopy
all images courtesy of tainan art museum

 

 

designed by shigeru ban architects in collaboration with chao yung shih architects, tainan art museum’s building 2 is defined by its pentagon-shaped roof. inspired by the flower of royal poinciana, the official tree of tainan city, the distinctive canopy shelters five-storeys of stacked volumes that contain the museum’s 16 exhibition spaces. this configuration also creates semi-outdoor platforms that serve as places for recreation. in total the building contains around 2,500 square meters of exhibition space, a collection area, a performing theater, a children’s art center, a studio, a gift shop, a café, and a restaurant.

shigeru ban encloses tainan art museum beneath pentagonal roof canopy

 

 

meanwhile, the other structure, (building 1), has been fully renovated and refurbished to house new gallery spaces, administration offices, shops, and a food court. in order to make the building more suitable as an exhibition space, three new floors were added to the rear of the original structure, increasing the exhibition space to a total of 1,555 square meters. see other projects in taiwan here, including a residential development with plants on every level and a house build around a series of internal courtyards.

shigeru ban encloses tainan art museum beneath pentagonal roof canopy

shigeru ban encloses tainan art museum beneath pentagonal roof canopy
artwork by israeli painter, david gerstein

shigeru ban encloses tainan art museum beneath pentagonal roof canopy

shigeru ban encloses tainan art museum beneath pentagonal roof canopy

shigeru ban encloses tainan art museum beneath pentagonal roof canopy

shigeru ban encloses tainan art museum beneath pentagonal roof canopy
building 1 is a former police station that dates back to the 1930s

 

 

project info:

 

name: tainan art museum
location: tainan, taiwan
design: shigeru ban architects in collaboration with chao yung shih architects
opening: january, 2019

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