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Taipei Performance Music Center Competition

Taipei City
Built year
Taipei City Government
Urbanism and Architectural Strategies
‘The time has come to approach architecture urbanistically and urbanism architecturally.’  ---   Alison Smithson
The distinction between architecture and urbanity is ambiguous in Taiwan. Public spaces are constantly appropriated for private use, e.g. night market stalls encroach on pedestrian paths, retail stores expand onto street corridors,  signage proliferate on public elevations….etc. These ‘mini-assaults’ on the public realm assert the individual and challenge the very idea of coherent urban planning. The vitally of Taiwanese night life is born out of this very dichotomy between the incessant private realm and the weakened public realm.
Given the enormity of the TPMC site, we have opted to intensify the contrast between individual/architectural and the public/urban. Our strategies are the following:

1. Theatre, live houses and retail outlets are articulated as specific architectural typology. Their conical forms and like landscape dunes allowing retail and performances to intermix. They are thought of as ‘attractors’, absorbing and reflecting the sound of visitors forming urban magnetic fields. A music bazaar overlaid onto a music park.

2. The ‘attractors’ meet the ground plane by creating ‘ripples’. These are sculpted outdoor amphitheatres which would create a continuous space for street performances and outdoor entertainment for visitors. The lifted ground above the outdoor spaces acts as sun shade. The undulating ceiling plane further works as an acoustical barrier allowing for a pleasing strolling environment.

3. The architectural skin of the ‘attractors’ are conceived as ‘coils’. They become unidirectional and on the ground plane consist of wrap around loggias. This allow for a loose demarcation of interior and exterior. And allows for the interaction of architecture and urbanity.  
4. The lifted plane becomes an interior platform at the western end of the site. The platform houses two levels of offices and recording studios. The horizontal layout of the offices encourages connectivity and discussion. It becomes the symbolic ‘brain’ of TPMC.  
  • 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


  • Pasture Yen Family

  • 富宇 L宅

  • JH 宅 renovation

  • Qin Mei Confinement Center

  • 石牌 CH宅

  • KUOCHEN Fugue

  • Qin Spa


  • Hsin Yeh Housing

  • Jeou Gang Hydraulic Office

  • Hotel 53

  • KUOCHEN River Resident


  • 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


  • Finalist, Taiwan Architecture Award - On On Nature Restaurant


  • First Prize, Taiwan Architecture Award - Chiayi Art Museum


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


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


  • World Architecture Publication - Chiayi Art Museum


  • World Architecture Publication - On On Nature Restaurant


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


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


  • Taiwan Outstanding Architects Award 2017


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


  • Chang Hua County Art Museum - Taiwan Architecture Award shortlisted


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  • China Architecture Media Award Young Architect Award Nomination


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


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


Studiobase Architects, Design Group & Construction