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Taipei Performing Arts Center by OMA

Architects Office for Metropolitan Architecture have won a competition to design a new performing arts centre in Taipei, Taiwan.


The design comprises three auditoriums, positioned around a corrugated glass cube that contains the backstage areas for each theatre.


The three theatres can be combined or used separately.


Building is due for completion in 2013.


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OMA to build Taipei Performing Arts Center

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been awarded the first prize in the design competition to build the Taipei Performing Arts Center. The design, led by OMA partners Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, was selected from over 135 entries from 24 countries by an international jury.

The scheme includes a 1,500 seat theatre and two 800 seat theatres which plug into a central cube, clad in corrugated glass, that combines the stage accommodations of the three theatres in a single whole. Each theatre can be used independently or in combination with the other theatres. Connecting the different theatres offers new and experimental theatrical possibilities. A public trajectory inside the cube exposes parts of the backstage areas otherwise hidden in typical theatres. The cube is placed on a socle preserving the existing lively local food market.

OMA will collaborate with local architect Artech Inc. to build the 40,000m2 theater complex. The stage design is being developed with Ducks Sceno and the engineering is being provided by Arup. The centre is scheduled to be completed in 2013 with a budget of 3.8 billion Taiwan dollars (90 million Euro). The Taipei city council expects the centre to further facilitate the development of local performing groups and add to Taipei's image as an international cultural hub.

The project is led by OMA partners Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren. The competition team included associate André Schmidt and architects Adam Frampton and Mariano Sagasta, amongst many others. Koolhaas’s and Scheeren’s previous collaborations include the CCTV Headquarters and TVCC Cultural Centre in Beijing, as well as Prada Epicentre Stores in New York and Los Angeles.

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is a leading international partnership practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis. It is engaged in a large number of projects in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

In Asia, OMA is working on the office’s largest project to date, the 600,000 m2 China Central Television Headquarters CCTV and Television Cultural Center TVCC in Beijing (to be completed this year). Further projects in development in Asia include the new Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the Scotts Tower, a large-scale residential development, both in Singapore, and a high-rise building in Bangkok.

OMA is led by six partners: Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Managing Partner Victor van der Chijs and Shohei Shigematsu.