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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.

Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan by ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

 
June 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

An exciting new cultural venue for the city of Taichung and an important landmark in its Civic District. Set on an urban grid, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House defines the cultural axis and its site is influenced by a number of urban force fields, with secondary influences further shaping its implicit flows.

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Architects: ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Taichung Metropolitan Opera House
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Year of Completion: 2006  
  • Client:   Taichung Municipal Government
  • Type:   Competition / Research
  • Grand Auditorium: 2009 seats
  • Drama Theatre: 800 seats
  • Black Box Theatre: 200 seats

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Leader: Dillon Lin
  • Design Team: Yiching Liu, Christine Chow, Ceyhun Baskin, Inanc Eray, Lourdes Sanchez, Jens Borstelmann, Patrik McClellan, Komal Talreja
  • Structural: Adams Kara Taylor (London, UK); Max Fordham LLP (London, UK)
  • Acoustic: Marshall Day Acoustics Pty Ltd (Victoria, Australia)
  • Cost / QS: IDOM UK (London, UK)
  • Presentation Model: A-Models (London, UK)
  • Model Photography: David Grandorge

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

The Taichung Metropolitan Opera House hosts a 2009 seat Grand Auditorium, an 800 seat drama theatre and a 200 seat black box theatre, as well as artists’ and crafts workshops and retail shops. A restaurant, gift shop, café and audience care facilities are also included in the programme.

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

The Civic District is largely a new development defined by a regular grid of streets differentiated by two axes – a cultural axis and a municipal axis. The Taichung Metropolitan Opera House will define the cultural axis, running from northwest to southeast, occupying two parcels. The municipal axis runs from northeast to southwest, punctuated by the proposed new City Hall.

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

The main entrance to the opera house is aligned with the cultural axis, facing southeast towards the intersection of the two axes. Leading up to this entrance is a large ramp that swoops around the side of the building, taking people up from the southern edge of the site where the car and bus drop-off is located.

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

The strong civic axis and secondary corridor defined by the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi department store set out the primary framework for the treatment of the site, while secondary influences further shape the implicit flows around it. The corners of the site are areas of interchange, where urban flows aggregate and reorganise themselves, serving as a kind of elevated urban plaza.

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

The three auditoriums are clustered around this main foyer, with the grand auditorium on the south of the building and the playhouse on the north. The black box theatre is elevated on the west side, allowing the main foyer to slip underneath and accommodating the secondary west entrance.

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

The landscape emerges from the ground to merge with the building. This build up, manifested as earth mounds, fades as it moves away from the main building, radiating like waves.

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

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