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Chiayi Art Museum

#101 Guang-Ning St., Chiayi City
Built year
Chiayi City Government
Floor area
5,179 m2
(Co-designed with M. H. Wang Architects)

Chia-Yi Art Museum is an expansion project constructed on an existing historical preservation building site on No. 659 Chung-Shan Rd., Chia-Yi City, near Chia-Yi train station. The existing complex was composed of four buildings (A/B/C/D) used for Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation, Chia-Yi Branch Office. Building A was designated as a historical monument, the other three (B/C/D) were general buildings used as warehouses and a retail store.
Historical Features
Built in 1936 (Showa year 11) in the Japanese Colonial period, the existing site and 3-floor-tall reinforced concrete building A was mainly functioned as the Monopoly Bureau of Government of Taiwan, Chia-Yi Branch Office. It was designed by the architect Maizawa Shejiro, the building plan layout is L-shaped, orienting northwest by southeast. Building A has been a delicate witness of history, which materialized the architectural style transition from Neo-Classical to Modernism. Special features such as the rounded building corner, raised base platform, the elaborated horizontal opening lintel and floor lines, and the SCRATCH style exterior tiles, all well embodied the Eclecticism of the historical transition. The interior focal point is the“‎Hakkō ichiu” column located near the staircase, which is octagonal in plan, resembles the national motto of Japanese Militarism’s cosmic philosophy at the World War II. After the war, the building was used by Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation. It was adapted as a battalion fortress during the 228 Incident, appointed as historical monument in July 7th, 2000. In 2014, the city chose the site for Chia-Yi Art Museum, the architectural design team was chosen in 2016, and the construction started in 2018, the museum will commence in the year 2020.
The time-transgressive dialogue between Construction and Tectonics
How to preserve and re-vitalize the historical buildings has been becoming an important issue nowadays, it is also a major challenge to minimize the disturbance of demolition and construction on existing site, yet to endow new perception and function to this project. We try to respond this challenge by introducing contemporary design concept and material to integrate the structures and spaces among the existing and the new constructions, so the life of the complex can be extended through the injection of museum management and maintenance as an integrated whole.
Chia-Yi City has been called “The Capital of Woods” due to the city’s pivoting location between Ali Mountain Forestry Center and its transportation corridor. Although the wood industry gradually withdrew from Taiwan’s building industry due to the thriving of reinforced concrete construction in 20th century, it is making a comeback in 21st century for wood’s negative carbon emission nature, and the leaping development of new production technics. Therefore our design strategy of incorporating the old (RC) and the new (Glulam & CLT) to improve the seismic performance and the amenities of the art museum, which not only puts the contemporary issues of reservation into practice, also corresponds to the theme of “The Capital of Woods”.
In order to reduce the structural load (30%) and to improve the thermal insulation performance, we demolished the south and west exterior walls of building B, replaced with cross laminated timber (CLT) wall with glass rain-screen curtain wall. All the opening vocabulary of the building complex are in similar proportion to maintain the consistency of the street façade. The new three-story-tall museum lobby is supported by glulam trusses and columns, and is enclosed by structural glass curtain wall. By placing the lobby entrance towards the re-landscaped courtyard, we turn the inner courtyard into an “Urban Living Room”, which is no longer the residual empty lots of building site, but an attractive and characteristic open space that can reside in every visitor’s memory. 
  • Administration Building, Taipower Aowanda Reservoir

  • Green Corridor at the Heart of Tanzi

  • Chiayi Art Museum

  • On On Nature Restaurant

  • Dharma Drum Mountain Bow Yun Temple

  • 大都會幼兒園龍富分校

  • 莊詠婷皮膚科診所

  • Aoyama Dian Dian Residence

  • Jeou Gang Hydraulic Headquarter Building

  • Chang Hua County Art Museum

  • Hotelday Teacape

  • Giant Inc. Design Center & Flagship Store

  • Tunghai University Humanities Building

  • Library & Administration Building, Jiun-Tou High School

  • Leader Kindergarten Fengchia Campus

  • Shi-Hu Police Station

  • The Installation Art Project of the 81 Gas Explosion Memorial

  • Wen-Der Police Station

  • Kitazawa International Office

  • Lintronix Co., Ltd

  • J Residence

  • House H

  • House L

  • Wang Residence

  • C Residence

  • Synchrotron Radiation Center Addition

  • Fuko Inc., Hou-Li Factory

  • Hsin Yin Machinery Works Factory

  • Novatecwheels Headquarter Building

  • Student Dormitory of Pin-Pei Senior High School

  • Chung-Hsiao Elementary School Pedestrian Bridge

  • 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

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

  • Lin Nei Residence

  • Cheng Shin Rubber Inc. Xiamen Leisure Park Project

  • 雋 GEN by Matt Chen

  • SHO Restaurant

  • Librete Restaurant

  • 華固樂慕 CH宅

  • Drift Digital LTD office

  • 寶象鹽埕公設


  • Pasture Yen Family

  • 富宇 L宅

  • JH 宅 renovation

  • 星野灶廚

  • 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

  • Principal Architect

    Ming-Wei Huang

  • Design Director

    Aber Lin

  • Partner & Head of Construction

    Hao-Min Hsu

  • Members

  • 潭心鐵馬空橋獲得 2023 iF 設計獎


  • 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