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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.

New Taipei City Museum of Art in Taipei, Taiwan by Kubota & Bachmann Architects

August 20th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Curio Box
The New Taipei City Museum of Art (NTCArt) is located in the south of Taipei city, in between the mountains and Dahan River. The museum minimizes its footprint on the original site in being designed vertical, thus creating an urban totem.

Final View

  • Architect: Kubota & Bachmann Architects
  • Project Name: New Taipei City Museum of Art
  • City and Country: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Client: New Taipei City Government
  • Type of Competition: Two-stage open competition
  • Program: Contemporary Museum, Children’s Museum, Public Service Spaces, Administrative Spaces, and Parking
  • Software used: Rhino, Autocad and 3dDS Max

Urban Window

  • Site Area: Competition Study Area : 20 000 m²
  • Competition Team:
  • Designer: Toshihiro KUBOTA, Yves BACHMANN
  • Local Architect: LYA Architects & Planners
  • Landscape Architect: Bassinet Turquin Paysage
  • Ingenieurs Structure: Bollinger+Grohmann Ingenieure / Klaas De Rycke
  • Architects: Anthony Thevenon, Marine Rouanet
  • Artist Collaboration: Clement Valla

Building Surface:

  • Sub Total: 28 350 m²
  • Grand Total: 51 050 m²

Exterior View

The NTCArt is a vertical museum. The different floors offer views of the surroundings at different levels: (lobby of the children’s museum of art, hall of fame, outdoor/semi-outdoor exhibition space, exhibit resting areas and restaurants) all face the landscape and offers new perspectives frame (urban window) of the Island of Taipei.

Situation Plan

The entrance lobby of the NTCArt is taken after a landscape that invites the visitor to access the different parts of the museum. Each part of the museum has an independent access from the lobby. A restaurant, a gift shop, and a bookstore surround the lobby. Furthermore, this passage allows the garden to continue and connects the Ceramic Art Plaza and the Art Workshop. So, the passage is an urban gate between the Ceramic Art Plaza, the Art Workshop and the NTCArt.


The NTCArt is a place where several types of museums are combined and meet. A special exhibit spaces, permanent exhibit spaces, children’s Museum of Art and outdoor / semi-outdoor exhibit spaces and education facilities etc.. This multitude of museums is reflected in the different boxes and covers, which have different layers such as vegetation and outdoor/semi-outdoor terraces.

Final View

All boxes differ in size and height to accommodate the diverse artworks and expositions, just like a curio box. Each object has a place in a larger box, carefully and gently stored. The boxes contain pleasure/delight, mystery, and curiosity.

The NTCArt is a giant curio box of Taipei city and contemporary art.

Interior View

Company profile :

Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC is a modern and dynamic architecture firm based in Zurich, Switzerland. Although Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC was founded only in December 2010, the collaboration of Toshihiro Kubota and Yves Bachmann has a rich and varied history dating back to their first encounter in 2001 at Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris.

Palace Museum CurioBox & Contents

Born in Ibaraki (Japan), Toshihiro Kubota works since 2000 on a regular basis with Ateliers Jean Nouvel and was appointed partner in 2007. He played inter alia a key role actively in the Denmark Radio Concert Hall Copenhagen, the Paris Philharmonic and the Atlantis 3000 Casino Complex in Las Vegas.

Curio Box

The Swiss architect Yves Bachmann left Ateliers Jean Nouvel in 2003 to start working for Iria Degen Interiors. He was actively involved in the conception of luxury resorts, offices and homes as for instance the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town and the Restaurant Globus Löwenplatz in Zurich.

Yves Bachmann

With awards received for an international master plan competition in Zurich and the Maritime Culture and Pop Music Center in Kaoshiung (Taiwan), the Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC demonstrates competencies in a wide range of disciplines. Its creative team covers all domains of architecture, interior design and urbanism. Last but not least a joint venture with landscape architects and environmentalists contribute to the success story of Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC.


Kubota Toshihiro

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Plan 03

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