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.
suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
florencia PITA: The Ferry Port Terminal is a building arranged as a block, the block that defines the building’s boundaries form an enclosure that is penetrated by a number of objects. Sixteen large skylights perforate the surface of this block; they not only distribute the light to the lower levels but also act as structural artifacts. The top surface of this block is designed as a landscape, one that is populated by the engorged cones of the skylights and also by the unique volumes of the three towers. This landscape is the connecting tissue for the towers and also an urban field for the city.