vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
 
vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
jun 12, 2013

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest

vincent callebaut architectures unveils ‘swallow’s nest’ 
all images courtesy of vincent callebaut architectures

 

 

 

vincent callebaut architectures designs ‘the swallows nest’ as a faceted gem of culture anchoring the northeast entrance to taichung gateway park in taiwan. formerly an airfield, the space is being developed as an urban ecosystem in the shui nan ecological gateway district of taichung city. the building’s form is a triangle rotated 80 times around an elliptical möbius strip. as it spirals around an ellipse, the volume elevates from the ground plane, leaving vaulted apertures to the central void, which becomes the ‘endless patio’. vertices of the geometry sink below ground, creating a large lobby with reception, ticketing, shops, and cafes. a glass canopy hovers at ground level, opening the space to direct sunlight, and providing a feature in the courtyard above. a hall connects this subterranean space to the convention center, workshops, and archives. the lowest levels consist of underground parking and systems of protection from natural disasters.

 vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
‘the swallows nest’  anchors the northeast entrance to taichung gateway park in taiwan 

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest 

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest 

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
the ‘endless patio’ opens to the park through three archways 

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
curving volumes with sharp edges intertwine and frame the landscape 

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
one level underground a glass canopy protects the ticket area and lobby

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
the form leaves the interior uninterrupted by structure, maximizing the flexibility of the space

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
the structure of vaulted spaces and double-deck floors leaves high ceilings for culturally significant art of all sizes 

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
site plan of shui nan ecological gateway district of taichung city

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
(left): permeability through the swallow’s nest at ground level connects the ‘endless patio’ to the park
(center): circulation through the building
(right): roof plan

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest 

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
structural diagram from park avenue 

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest
structural diagram from the gateway park

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest

 

vincent callebaut architectures unveils swallow's nest

 

 

 

 

 

project info:

 

project : taichung city cultural center / public library and fine arts museum
location : taichung, taiwan
type : international competition
host organization : construction bureau, taichung city government “tgc”
sponsor : cultural affairs bureau, taichung city government “cab”
project title : taichung city cultural center planning, design and construction supervision service project
contract performance location : xitun district, taichung city
surface area : 62.720 m²
budget : nt$ 2.410.000.000
team : vincent callebaut, frederique beck, julien combes, benoit patterlini 

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    Jocelyn
  • Yes, you are right; it is exactly the same as Astana National Library. Why even do this?

    Munda
  • It doesn´t just look like the BIG library – it clearly IS the exact same.

    CTRL C!!!

    http://www.big.dk/#projects-anl

    Essal
  • look like BIG’s Astana National Library

    Hung
  • Very good form

    Deepak Shah
  • when will formalism end? This is part of the past and not a building of our time and future.

    Harno
  • Just a bit of an exhibitionistic one liner don’t you think? One is inclined to say that the form is arbitrary, except that a rectilinear box, while more familiar is equally arbitrary, and quite a bit less interesting (novel). Still, forms that respond to sustainable issues of resource use, embodied energy, envelope thermal and solar efficiency, and computationally driven manufacturing techniques might be more appropriate to our time.

    Michael Jackson
  • what about culturally INsignificant art?

    dbkii

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