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.
The Taichung City Cultural Center by SANE architecture
April 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: SANE architecture
SANE architecture’s project for the Taichung City Cultural Center has been awarded HIGHLY COMMENDED of the Cultural regeneration category at the 2014 MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards. The project was exhibited in the London Pavilion 10-14 march.
The project task was to imagine an architecture and an urban space unique to the climate and the culture of Taichung, a space that combines a public library and municipal fine arts museum—the cultural flagships of a city — into one area, synergizing art, education and recreation.
The site is located on the northern end of Taichung Gateway Park. The project integrates the park landscape to form a key cultural landmark and an entryway gesture into the park. In such a complex environment we proposed a light structure, having as a key concept the idea of PERMEABILITY, a complex urban space hosting the museum and the public library programs.
The Taichung City Cultural Center is an innovative mix between the natural and the artificial combining the requested library and museum functions with a third one of equal importance: the park – creating an unique, complex public space and offering a diverse and layered spatial experience.
The two main functions provide spaces independent from each other while sharing the great lobby at the ground floor, that can also be used as a special exhibition space – an impressive 1500 sqm area with a maximum 24.5 m height.
The sustainable approach was key feature in the design process: the building produces electricity from the energy of the wind through the use of an Invelox system, different of conventional wind turbines. Each one of the 15 vertical towers will be fitted with an omnidirectional funnel. The funnels will capture the wind and direct it through tapering passageway, naturally accelerating its flow through the use of several Venturi tubes. The individual streams of kinetic energy will then drive a single generator that is installed safely and economically at ground level.
SANE ARCHITECTURE is an experimental studio based in Paris, researching the Sane and the Insane in architecture – a perfect balance between exploration and control.
Founded in 2012 by Christina Chelarescu and TraianBompa, after studying, traveling and working for several international architecture firms, the studio brings together experience from the fields of architecture, economics and art.
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