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OMA: Taipei performing arts center breaks ground

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by , 19th February 2012 at 04:57 (2535 Views)
OMA: Taipei performing arts center breaks ground



Status: competition: 2008-2009. construction begins: 2012. scheduled completion: 2015
Client: department of cultural affairs, taipei city government
LocatioN: Taipei
Local architect: artech architects
Budget: estimated: 5.4 billion taiwan dollars (around €140 million)
Program: total 50,000m2. one 1,500-seat theatre and two 800-seat theatres
Height: 63m
Model: vincent de rijk, rj models
Photography: frans parthesius, iwan baan
Animation: artefactory



Construction has begun on the OMA-designed taipei performing arts centre (TPAC) in taipei taiwan.
The dutch practice won the competition to build the multi-theatre space in january 2009, beating out 135 other entries from 24 countries.

The overall architecture of TPAC is composed of three main volumes, one 1,500-seat theatre and two 800-seat theatres, which plug into a central cube clad in corrugated glass. this consolidates the supporting backstage spaces and mechanical facilities of each auditorium into a single, efficient mass, while also letting the theatres function individually and autonomously.





This arrangement allows the performing platforms to be modified or merged for unexpected scenarios and uses,

The structure is lifted off the ground, the central block permitting the street to extend both under and upwards into the building,

The main theatre, 'proscenium playhouse', resembles a suspended planet, docked within the central cube.







The audience is able to circulate between an inner and outer shell to access the space. from within,
the intersection of the internal framework and the cube forms a unique proscenium that creates any frame imaginable.







The industrial-like volume of the 'super theatre' is formed by coupling the 'grand theatre' and 'multiform theatre'.

It has the capacity to accommodate previously impossible productions such as B.A. zimmermann's opera 'die soldaten' (1958),
Which demands a 100-metre-long stage. existing conventional works can now be re-imagined on a more monumental scale,
Encouraging new practices of experimental theatre to flourish.

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