Japanese architecture firm SANAA, in collaboration with Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners of Taiwan, has won the competition to design the Taichung City Cultural Center in Taiwan. The team proposed a cluster of interlocking white cubic volumes surrounded by semitransparent fluid mesh curtains offering views to the surrounding park. The drapes conceal elevated walkways that create viewing platforms and connections among the center’s varied spaces.
Comprising the Taichung Public Library and Taichung Fine Arts Museum, the building will feature exhibition spaces for permanent and special collections, education facilities, administration offices, a multimedia center, reading zones, and rooftop terraces connected by floating walkways.
According to one of the competition jurors, the winning concept suggests “a light and dreamlike presence, airy and delicate: a grouping of enjoyable places, which contribute to and build on the spirit of the park.”