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  • Taichung City Cultural Center

    Florencia PITA/FPmod, Taichung City Cultural Center.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    This proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center is a singular, landmark building, which encompasses both the Taichung Public Library and the Taichung Fine Arts Museum. In response to Taichung City Government’s initiative to develop a notable entryway to Taichung Gateway Park, we propose a building that formally yields a “gateway” into the new park. Much like natural occurring openings between large rock formations, grand breezeways or tunnels are proposed to separate the two volumes of the library and museum. Through a series of studies and manipulations of historical archway precedents, a three-dimensional form of the tunnels was generated.

    The volumes of the library and museum extend to the boundary of the site and are truncated on three sides. The single flat facade along Park Avenue represents the building as a solitary cultural hub, whereas the other two flat facades which face the park, define the museum and library as separate entities. Also in contrast to the street facade, the majority of the glass on the museum and library facades are transluscent as well as recessed to allow for shade from sun exposure coming from the south of the park. To complement the design of Taichung Gateway Park, the same language of curves that detail the concrete edge of the flat facades, define the shape of the lower shop and cafe buildings as well as the ground paving and landscape around the site.

    Inspired by the artist Michael Lin and his use of floral textiles in urban settings, we developed a graphic floral image, which includes the national Taiwanese flower to carpet the undulating roof. The roof is made up of colored metal or solar panels, that act as pixels of a complete image. This imagery is used to evoke a sense of nostalgia of the Taiwanese history and by bringing back the memory of traditional floral fabrics. The image and coloration also provides a dramatic visual impact of the building from afar and from above—especially when seen from the roof garden of Sou Fugimoto’s Taiwan Tower building.

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    Taichung City Cultural Center
    Public Library and Fine Arts Museum
    Taichung, Taiwan
    International Competition
    2013

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    Florencia Pita / FPmod
    Partner:
    Jackilin Hah Bloom / JHB Studio

    Design Team:
    Ana Munoz
    Emily Chen
    Erin Nani
    Ida Hammarlund
    Kirsten Wehrenberg-Klee
    Kyle Onaga

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    • 123 Says:

      disgusting. not one good feature exists in this project…stuck in ’99.

    • arc56 Says:

      yet another project with no sensibility that will never get built.

    • quirkdee Says:

      I adamantly disagree with the accessment by both of you. This, although a project that focuses exclusively on texture and clintz, is far from a 99 project. And with the increasing possibilities in new construction, these investigations in the textured 3-D model give new possibles to surface and the odd object. A little love and support your way. GJ guys.

    • Frank W Says:

      I guess producing “ideas” has become a new hobby within the realm of architecture. What a waste of time. Ideas should be spent on how to improve with a sense of responsibility, not feeding your own ego for credibility.

    • oof Says:

      Wow! Florencia Pita has discovered Photoshop’s Stained Glass filter… oh no wait, it’s a “panelization system”! 😉

    • Paul Says:

      @ oof: …It looks more like a mosaic pattern. It actually reminds me of the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona by Miralles and Tagliabue.
      I wouldn’t just write it off as a “photoshop trick”, it looks like a good way to imply material.

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