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Tunghai University Humanities Building

Location
Taichung City, Taiwan
Built year
2004
Category
Architecture
Client
Tunghai University
Floor area
13,637 m2
Site Plan
The Humanities Building occupies the greatest gross floor area in Tunghai University’s main campus. Thus, the compaction of its spatial density is our primary concern. Our concept is a “raised courtyard house”, which is an interpretation of Tunghai’s traditional courtyard-styled building parti, it turns the composition of research rooms / offices / discussion rooms of various departments into a stacked cluster. 

 Conceptually, the whole building is taken as a solid volume excavated by various activities. Therefore, the ground floor is immensely opened to accommodate the high density of student activities in the campus. It minimizes mutual interruptions among activities / instruction / research to the least.

Design Strategy:
The idea of the design plan starts from a series of transformation of a courtyard. A smaller rectangle was cut from a square of about 50 meters × 50 meters to form an inner courtyard. The cut portion was placed at the northwestern corner of the original plane. In this way, an outdoor plaza could be defined by encircling the space from the neighboring College of Foreign Language at the western side. When this plane was embedded into the base, the correspondence between its form and the environment became the primary consideration of the design. The slanted opening at the southeastern side preserves the memories of the original site, and it leads the scenes of The Luce Chapel (designed by I. M. Pei & C.K.Chan in 1963) into the central courtyard.
 
  • Green Corridor at the Heart of Tanzi

  • Chiayi Art Museum

  • Dharma Drum Mountain Bow Yun Temple

  • Chang Hua County Art Museum

  • On On Nature Restaurant

  • Aoyama Dian Dian Residence

  • Jeou Gang Hydraulic Headquarter Building

  • Giant Inc. Design Center & Flagship Store

  • Novatecwheels Headquarter Building

  • Hotelday Teacape

  • The Installation Art Project of the 81 Gas Explosion Memorial

  • Tunghai University Humanities Building

  • Library & Administration Building, Jiun-Tou High School

  • Leader Kindergarten Fengchia Campus

  • Synchrotron Radiation Center Addition

  • Shi-Hu Police Station

  • Wen-Der Police Station

  • Kitazawa International Office

  • Lintronix Co., Ltd

  • C Residence

  • House H

  • House L

  • Taichung Wang Residence

  • C Residence

  • Chung-Hsiao Elementary School Pedestrian Bridge

  • Student Dormitory of Pin-Pei Senior High School

  • Offshore Wind Power Maintenance Center Competition

  • Defense Park – A Botanical Observatory

  • Southern Branch of the National Central Library& National Repository Library, Taiwan

  • New Sports Center of Tunghai University

  • Hotel Project, Chunghwa Post.

  • Taipei Performance Music Center Competition

  • Lin Nei Residence

  • Cheng Shin Rubber Inc. Xiamen Leisure Park Project

  • Zhongjian Building Competition

  • Tele-Communication Building, Yuan-Ze University (Competition)

  • SHO Kaohsiung

  • Librete Kaohsiung

  • 寶象鹽埕公設

  • 華固樂慕 CH宅

  • 星野灶廚

  • Drift Digital LTD office

  • MINIMAX

  • Pasture Yen Family

  • 富宇 L宅

  • JH 宅 renovation

  • Qin Mei Confinement Center

  • 石牌 CH宅

  • KUOCHEN Fugue

  • Qin Spa

  • HOUSE R

  • Hsin Yeh Housing

  • Jeou Gang Hydraulic Office

  • Hotel 53

  • KUOCHEN River Resident

  • KUOCHEN MRT

  • Wakayama Bokusui

  • Taipei Hoong Residence

  • Pregnancy care center, Yuan Lin

  • Hotel 52

  • Grass Mountain Chateau

  • All Your Family Happiness

  • Dafu Street Su house

  • ShoesBank

  • Peony Garden Japanese Restaurant

  • Bao Hua Jing Shuang Hallway

  • 捷安特 辦公室

  • 法鼓山 寶雲寺

  • 國城 鹽埕

  • 薇閣雲軒 實品屋

  • Members

  • Principal Architect

    Ming-Wei Huang

  • Design Director

    Aber Lin

  • Partner & Head of Construction

    Hao-Min Hsu

  • Jury Prize, Taiwan Architecture Award - Taifong Golf Course Clubhouses (collaborated with ÁLVARO SIZA+CARLOS CASTANHEIRA

    2021

  • Finalist, Taiwan Architecture Award - On On Nature Restaurant

    2021

  • First Prize, Taiwan Architecture Award - Chiayi Art Museum

    2021

  • Excellence Award, FIABCI-Taiwan Real Estate Excellence Awards - Chiayi Art Museum

    2021

  • First Prize, Competition of The Training Center of Taiwan Power Company

    2020

  • World Architecture Publication - Chiayi Art Museum

    2020

  • World Architecture Publication - On On Nature Restaurant

    2020

  • Award of Excellence, Taiwan Landscape Award - The Installation Art Project of the 81 Gas Explosion Memorial

    2018

  • Third Place, Southern Branch of the National Central Library & National Repository, Taiwan

    2018

  • Taiwan Outstanding Architects Award 2017

    2017

  • Chung-Hsiao Elementary School Pedestrian Bridge - Taichung City Space Design Award

    2016

  • Chang Hua County Art Museum - Taiwan Architecture Award shortlisted

    2016

  • Dharma Drum Mountain Bow-Yun Temple - Taiwan Interior Design Award

    2015

  • Jury Prize, Taiwan Interior Design Award - Pasture Yen Family

    2015

  • Chung-Hsiao Elementary School Pedestrian Bridge - FIABCI-Taiwan Real Estate Excellence Awards Golden Award

    2014

  • Chang Hua County Art Museum - FIABCI-Taiwan Real Estate Excellence Awards Golden Award

    2013

  • Wen-Der Police Station - 2010 Taiwan Architecture Award shortlisted

    2010

  • Wen-Der Police Station - ArchDaily Building of The Year 2010 Top 5

    2010

  • Wen-Der Police Station - AR Award for Emerging Architect Finalist

    2010

  • Wen-Der Police Station - Hansson Architecture Award First Prize

    2009

  • Jiun-tou Junior High School Library and Administration Center - WAACA 2008 shortlisted

    2008

  • China Architecture Media Award Young Architect Award Nomination

    2007

  • Tung Hai University Humanities Building - Taiwan Architecture Award Honorable Mention

    2005

  • Tung Hai University Humanities Building - Far Eastern Architectural Design Award 2004 Second Prize

    2004

Studiobase Architects, Design Group & Construction