“It is vital to find equilibrium to balance between future and past, nature and built environment, and preservation and creation. Art & Knowledge is the engine of a country’s economic future and the foundation of the city. Taichung - a cosmopolitan city with over a million residents - must establish a municipal library that fosters a culture of reading and a City Museum that preserve and expose the rich Taiwanese culture.”
Taichung City Cultural Center is conceived by first tracing the complex city structure to establish Cultural Axes that respond to the current condition and help trigger cultural activities. The building is multidirectional: it has no obvious back and offers accessible multiple public spaces. Ground Floor retail and lobbies are designed to be extended into the adjacent plaza and define the character of the different public spaces and destination to gather, to engage and to reflect.
The Museum's plan is in the form of a cross – designed to protect and provide flexible exhibition planning. The Library is seen as an infinite loop – to provide private reading spaces and allow for discovery of knowledge in a panoramic environment that opens visitors to the city. The resulting building forms a perfect space for exposition while the museum is tangled within the library that wraps around it. As the two programs overlaps, it creates an elevated urban living room where visitors and the public can enjoy a dynamic cultural public space.
Taichung City Culture Center is designed as an ecological benchmark and a pioneer showcase in addressing energy conservation and sustainability. Compared to a typical public building, the Cultural Center reduces 50% of energy with a hybrid passive design. Additionally, sustainable strategies are integrated to become a part of the public art so visitors can easily engage and better understand sustainable strategies.
- Client: Taichung City Government
- Location: Taichung, Taiwan
- Project Area: 50,000 m2
- Program: Contemporary Art Museum, Library
- Status: Competition
- Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi,Ryo Otsuka, Emily Wu, Yan Zhang