• taipei pop music center

    taipei pop music center
    new york NEW YORK

    taipei, taiwan, republic of china, 2010
    winning competition entry, scheduled completion 2014

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    reiser + umemoto: pop music, while a global phenomenon, is regional in its definition. the taiwanese pop music scene typifies the phenomenon; while it crosses borders and cultures and dialects, it nevertheless has produced styles and genres with distinct transnational form and appeal. though many aspects of pop culture exist in a hyper-technological or virtual realm, there is a need for a defined physical hub dedicated to the production and reception of pop.

    the taipei pop music center features a gradient of mixed-use spaces, from the fully public realm to the interior of the auditorium, allows the visitor to partake of the event dynamic however they choose to visit this complex. whether they plan a night of music or are browsing the myriad shops, markets, cafes, and restaurants, the complex will be a 24-hour attraction independent of the schedule of performances in the theaters. the tpmc features a new elevated public ground, which bridges the two building sites presently divided by xinsheng rd. corridor. the elevated public space is a pedestrian zone creating a coherent public space distinct yet connected to the life of the city, and effectively joining the three major zones of the complex, the main concert hall, outdoor amphitheater, and the hall of fame. the public space is in itself a focus for outdoor events, surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops. here, the spectacle of pop music can be celebrated and broadcast to the world.

    the main hall features a 3000-seat indoor auditorium and a tower dedicated to the pop music industry. this hybrid of theater and tower will allow direct communication on an everyday basis between producers, artists, and the music industry community. in effect, this hybrid is a cultural incubator bringing the entire music community, production and performance, together under one roof.

    the hall of fame becomes an ongoing daily destination – an outlet to track the t-pop industry, linked with performances, hall of fame induction ceremonies, outdoor spaces, and media projections. within the hall of fame is the main exhibition space, digital media center, two lecture halls, and the sky view lounge with commanding views from box seats of the entire event space. lining the street adjacent to the hall of fame, live houses provide smaller performance venues and a vibrant street front that is integrally connected to the street life of taipei.

    the form of the outdoor amphitheater is a hybrid of circus and city, and with the addition of a mobile stage, the robot theater, the design can adapt to a spectrum of event scales, public uses and mass events. the four docking positions of the robot theater along the elevated public ground allow for multiple event scales, accommodating a range of audiences from 16,000 people to smaller shows operating simultaneously or with other functions such as day or night markets. in its most compact crystalline form, the robot theater docks with the hall of fame, creating an intimate performance space for hall of fame induction ceremonies and other vip events. a technological net provides solar screening and led lighting to the outdoor amphitheater, and connects the hall of fame, robot theater, and main hall together.

    as opposed to a singular or inflexible performance venue, the tpmc allows both high-end, in-demand performances to coexist with small, up-and-coming artists. this has consequences not only for the diversity of concert-goers that the center will attract, but can also have important collaborative effects on pop music production in taipei. we envision the taipei pop music center as a coherent environment, not merely a collection of performance spaces but a vibrant new part of the city itself. as hollywood is to world cinema so the taipei pop music center will be to asian pop.
    project credits

    jesse REISER + nanako UMEMOTO

    design team
    neil COOK, michael OVERBY, samuel BRISSETTE

    assistants and interns
    juan DE MARCO, devin JERNIGAN, jacob BEKERMUS, giancarlo VALLE, shosuke KAWAMURA, yasuhito FURUYAMA, erin KELLY, becky QUINTAL, kate WOLLMAN, elise RENWICK, farzam YAZDANSETA, wei WANG, edwin LAM, sean STEVENSON

    structural engineering, mep / sustainability, theater, acoustics, lighting, facade
    arup, new york, ny

    local architect
    fei and cheng and associates, taipei, taiwan

    reiser + umemoto, firm profile
    jesse REISER and nanako UMEMOTO have practiced in new york city as reiser + umemoto, rur architecture p.c. since 1986. jesse REISER is currently an associate professor of architecture at princeton university. nanako UMEMOTO is currently a visiting professor at the university of pennsylvania and leads a yearly design workshop at hong kong university. reiser + umemoto, rur architecture p.c., an internationally recognized architectural firm, has built projects at a wide range of scales: from furniture design, to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape design and infrastructure. the firm approaches each project as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry, delving into relationships among architecture, territory and systems of distribution. by working on projects of varying scales, from the architectural to the regional, the firm has developed flexible strategies and techniques that seek to open structures that are now ossified and to integrate domains that historically have been kept apart.

    jesse REISER received his bachelor of architecture degree from the cooper union in new york and completed his masters of architecture at the cranbrook academy of art, and in 1985, was appointed as a fellow of the american academy in rome. architect and landscape architect nanako UMEMOTO graduated from cooper union following her studies at the school of urban design at the osaka university of art. in addition to teaching together at columbia university, they have individually taught and lectured at various educational and cultural institutions throughout the united states, europe and asia, and their work has been widely published and exhibited for over 20 years. the firm was awarded the chrysler award for excellence in design in 1999, the academy award in architecture by the american academy of arts and letters in 2000, and in may 2008, jesse reiser and nanako umemoto were awarded the presidential citation from president george campbell of the cooper union for outstanding practical and theoretical contributions to the field of architecture.

    arup, firm profile
    arup is a global firm of designers, engineers and business consultants, providing a diverse range of professional services to clients around the world. the firm is the creative force behind many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable buildings, transport and civil engineering projects. arup in the americas is an integral part of the arup group ltd, one of the world’s largest independent engineering firms. established in 1946, arup has grown into an international group of multi-disciplinary practices with over 10,000 staff in 92 offices in 37 countries. the earliest roots of arup are intrinsically linked to the performing arts. sydney opera house continues to define aspirations for cultural landmark performing arts buildings. with over 50 years of experience on performing arts building design, we have a dedication and devotion to music, dance, performing and visual arts bringing them the highest level of knowledge, experience and design expertise. arup is the world’s leading design engineering firm for performing arts projects and the only firm in the world to offer fully integrated theater consulting and acoustics.

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