OMA-designed Taipei complex tops out

OMA TPAC topping out press 07

Dutch firm OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Centre (TPAC) in Taiwan has topped out last week- consisting of three theatre spaces centred inserted into a central cube.

First revealed in 2009 as part of a competition, the design reveals a 1,500 seat Grand Theatre, an 800-seat Multiform Theatre as well as an 800-seat Proscenium Playhouse, “plugged” into a transparent central cube. With this arrangement, each theatre can independently function while sharing backstage space and mechanical facilities.

“This arrangement allows the stages to be coupled for unsuspected scenarios and uses. The design offers the advantages of specificity with the freedoms of the undefined,” said Rem Koolhaas.

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Additionally, two of the theatres (the Grand Theatre and the Multiform Theatre) can be combined into a single Super Theatre making up a 100m space.

A public circulation path is also available, allowing one to catch glimpses of the performances and backstage.

The ground level offers a plaza for public activities, with the central cube lifted to the top to allow more space for visitors.

“With its superstructure finished, TPAC’s connection with the surrounding urban fabric becomes apparent. The performing arts center responds to the adjacent Jiantan MRT station and the night market, channeling the energy of the informal public life of the surroundings into the site and the future building, intensifying their vitality,” said OMA partner and project manager, David Gianotten.

The building’s facades include corrugated glass that wraps around the central cube and large aluminium panels cladding the three theatres.

The main construction for the complex is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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