Taipei Performing Arts Center by OMA / Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten Opens
Taipei Performing Arts Center designed by OMA has opened to the public. The project jointly led by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten is located at Taipei’s vibrant Shilin Night Market. It is a place for the cultural creatives and the public to explore new possibilities in performing arts and experience different aspects of the theater.
The compact and flexible building is composed of a spherical 800-seat Globe Playhouse, a 1,500-seat Grand Theater, and a 800-seat Blue Box plugged into a central cube. The cube accommodates the stages, back stages, and support spaces of the three theaters, allowing the Grand Theater and the Blue Box to be coupled to form a Super Theater—a massive space with factory quality for unsuspected performances. The Globe Playhouse with a unique proscenium allows experimentation with stage framing. The auditoria of the theaters with opaque facades appear as mysterious elements docking against the animated and illuminated central cube clad in corrugated glass.
The central cube is lifted off the ground to create a landscaped plaza. From there, a Public Loop – with portal windows open to views inside the three theaters – runs through the infrastructure and spaces for performing arts production that are typically hidden.
Rem Koolhaas, OMA Founding Partner: “When we first visited Taipei for the competition, we felt it was a city with an appetite for experiment. This building is a response to that discovery. We put three traditional theatres together in a way that offers theatre makers completely new opportunities to conceive spectacles and performances. We are proud to be part of the effort to realize the performing arts center, which became possible only with the knowledge, creativity, and perseverance of city, collaborators, and architects.”
David Gianotten, OMA Managing Partner – Architect: “It is extremely rewarding to see cultural creatives, audiences and visitors using the building both as we envisioned and in unexpected ways. The theatre culture and the vibrant street culture coexist in this public building and around the site. For us, this mix of cultures aptly captures the energy of Taipei, a city always open to changes.”
Kris Yao, Founder of KRIS YAO | ARTECH, the Taiwanese design collaborating architect: “TPAC presents to the citizens of Taipei a peculiar yet familiar place. In many ways, it is new, foreign and extraordinary; but at the same time, it is friendly, intimate and amicable. It fits perfectly into the eccentric characteristics of Taipei and people love it. It is a true public building in its fullest sense.”
The project is led by Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten and Project Director Chiaju Lin, with Taiwanese design collaborator KRIS YAO | ARTECH.
TAIPEI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OMA / REM KOOLHAAS and DAVID GIANOTTEN ─── Project: Taipei Performing Arts Center Status: Completed Client: Authority-in-Charge: Taipei City Government; Executive Departments: Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of Rapid Transit Systems (First District Project Office), Public Works Department (New Construction Office) Location: Shilin District, Taipei Program: Theater. Total 58,658 m2. One 1500-seat theater and two 800-seat theaters Budget: Estimated: 6 billion Taiwan Dollars (around €180 million) ─── Design Architect: OMA Partners-in-Charge: Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten ─── Construction Phase (2012 – 2021): Project Director: Chiaju Lin Associates: Paolo Caracini, Inge Goudsmit, Daan Ooievaar Team: Vincent Kersten, Han Kuo, Kevin Mak, Chang-An Liao, with Yannis Chan, Hin-Yeung Cheung, Meng-Fu Kuo, Nien Lee, Nicole Tsai Design Development Phase (2009 – 2013): Project Architects: Ibrahim Elhayawam, Adam Frampton Team: Yannis Chan, Hin-Yeung Cheung, Jim Dodson, Inge Goudsmit, Alasdair Graham, Vincent Kersten, Chiaju Lin, Vivien Liu, Kai Sun Luk, Kevin Mak, Slobodan Radoman, Roberto Requejo, Saul Smeding, Elaine Tsui, Viviano Villarreal-Buerón, Casey Wang, Leonie Wenz ─── Competition Phase (2008 – 2009): Partners-in-Charge: Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, in collaboration with Ole Scheeren Project Architects: Adam Frampton, Mariano Sagasta Garcia, André Schmidt Team: Erik Amir, Joshua Beck, David Brown, Jean-Baptiste Bruderer, Andrew Bryant, Sean Hoo Ch’ng, Steven Yingnien Chen, Dan Cheong, Ryan Choe, Antoine Decourt, Mitesh Dixit, Pingchuan Fu, Miguel Huelga de la Fuente, Alexander Giarlis, Richard Hollington, Takuya Hosokai, Shabnam Hosseini, Nicola Knop, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Chiaju Lin, Sandra Mayritsch, Vincent McIlduff, Alexander Menke, Gabriele Pitacco, Shiyun Qian, Joseph Tang, Agustín Pérez Torres, Xinyuan Wang, Ali Yildirim, Patrizia Zobernig ─── COLLABORATORS Executive Architect: KRIS YAO | ARTECH (Architect: Kris Yao; Project Principals: Willy Yu, Grace Lin) Theater Consultant: dUCKS Scéno, Creative Solution Integration Ltd. Acoustic Consultant: Royal HaskoningDHV and Theo Raijmakers (Level Acoustics & Vibration), SM&W Landscape Designer, Interior Designer: Inside Outside Structure, MEP, Building Physics, Fire Engineer: Arup Structural Engineer: Evergreen Consulting Engineering Inc. Services Engineer: Heng Kai Inc., IS Leng and Associates Engineers Fire Engineer: Taiwan Fire Safety Consulting Ltd. Lighting Consultant: Chroma 33 Façade Engineer: ABT, CDC Inc. Sustainability Consultant: Segreene Design and Consulting Landscape Consultant: CNHW Geotechnical Engineer: Sino Geotech Traffic Consultant: Everest Engineering Consultants Inc. Animation: Artefactory Model: RJ Models, Vincent de Rijk Model Photography: Iwan Baan, Jeffrey Cheng, Frans Parthesius Site Photography: Chris Stowers, Shephotoerd Co. Photography Main Construction Contractor: International Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd (former general contractor), Sun-Sea Construction Co. Ltd. (façade continuous construction), Ancang Construction Co. Ltd. (interior & landscape continuous construction), Jung Yan Interior Design & Decoration Co., Ltd., Tech-Top Engineering Co., Ltd. (MEP, fire engineer), Shiu Guan Machine Electric Engineering Co. Ltd. (air-conditioning), Jardine Schindler Lifts Limited (elevator facilities) Theater Equipment Contractor: L&K Engineering Co. Ltd., IX Technology Ltd., JR Clancy, Inc.