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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan by NL Architects

June 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Taipei Performing Arts Centre

The dichotomy between high and low culture is disappearing. But can we create an environment that is inspiring for everyone? Is it possible to be elitist and populist at the same time? How can we envision a truly Public building?

Final (Bird view)

  • Architect: NL Architects – Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Project: Taipei Performing Arts Centre
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Project leaders: Thijs van Bijsterveldt, Guus Peters
  • Team: Rebecca Eng, Joost Luub, Yuichi Tanaka, Yannick Vanhaelen, Murk Wymenga, Gen Yamamoto, Ivar van der Zwan
  • Local Consultant: Wie-Nien Chen
  • Consultant Construction: Arjan Habraken /ARUP Amsterdam

The Taipei Performing Arts Center aspires to become accessible for everybody. The public character of the Center is guaranteed by the elevation of a substantial part of its program, creating a public square underneath it. As such the square fundamentally becomes part of the building: it is included inside it.

Final (Sky view)

The block measures 110 x 80 x 64 meters. It could be considered a ‘table’: Four ‘legs’ support a ‘tabletop’ that accommodates 3 stories. Inside you’ll find an elevated fragment of the city, a public ‘browsing space’ in the sky. This will be the domain for cultural facilities: the multi media library, music stores, galleries, lobbies, bars, restaurants and clubs.

Final (Sky view)

Balconies and terraces with different programs activate the space. Sometimes they are open and public; sometimes exclusive or intimate. Ticketable, VIP or Free. Swimming pool, skate area, public green, play ground, hotel garden, breakfast café, hopefully attracting many different target groups. The audience can take center stage.

Final (Street view)

With every step you take this urban cavity changes shape. The structure could be understood as a Proscenium Arch in 4 directions, framing city life in many ways.

Final (Void view)

Final (Void view)

Final (Void view)

Final (Void view)

Final (Void view)


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North west

South west


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