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OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center Tops Out

The OMA-designed Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) topped out. Consisting of three theatres plugged into a central cube, TPAC supports experimental theatre production, while a public loop invites wider engagement in the performing arts. Taipei’s mayor Hau Lung-pin, together with representatives from the city government, OMA’s design team led by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, and design partner KRIS YAO | ARTECH in Taipei, led by Kris Yao and Willy Yu, took part in a topping-out ceremony.

TPAC’s design is comprised of a 1,500-seat Grand Theatre, an 800-seat Multiform Theatre, and an 800-seat Proscenium Playhouse. Plugged into a transparent central cube, each theatre can function independently while sharing backstage space and mechanical facilities. However the Grand Theatre and the Multiform Theatre can also be combined into a Super Theatre with a 100-metre long space for experimental theatrical possibilities.

“This arrangement allows the stages to be coupled for unsuspected scenarios and uses," said Rem Koolhaas. "The design offers the advantages of specificity with the freedoms of the undefined.”

Façade construction of TPAC will begin in October 2014. The building envelope consists of two primary materials: corrugated glass wrapping the central cube, and large aluminum panels cladding the three theatres. TPAC main construction is scheduled for completion in 2015. OMA won the design competition for Taipei Performing Arts Center in January 2009.
Posted September 2nd, 2014 by Jackie Austin


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