Taipei Music Center International Competition

Sponsor: Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Type: open, 2-stage

Eligibility: licensed architects

Registration fee: none

Stage 1: Honorable mentions will receive NT$660,000 (approximately $20,000)
Stage 2: Each of the Short-list tenderers submittiong the stage 2 proposal documents will receive NT$1,650,000 (approximately $50,000)

1 September, 2009 – deadline for question submissions
19 October, 2009 – stage 1 submission deadline
23 October, 2009 – announcement of the short-lists
10 November, 2009 – site visit
26 January, 2010 – stage 2 submission deadline
29 January, 2010 – announcement of winners

Lars Lerup. Dean of Rice School of Architecture
Brett Steele, Director of Architectural Association School of Architecture
Michael Speaks, Dean of the College of Design and Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky
Kris Yao, Principal of Artech Architects
Shu-Chang Kung, Principal of AURA Architects & Associates
Monica Kuo, Dean of Department of Landscape Architecture at the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan
Wei-Gong Liou, assistant professor of Department of Sociology at Soochow University

Design Challenge:
To encourage pop music creation, patronage performing talents and teams, integrate relevant peripheral industrial development, the R.O.C. plans to build a large pop music performance center in northern Taiwan with outdoor performing plaza and relevant measures. It is aimed to support development of the pop music industry in Taiwan with the goal of becoming the leading center of the Chinese creative music development internationally and for industrial experiment. The government is now actively pushing for the Northern Taiwan Pop Music Center Construction Plan.

With an area of approximately 7.65 hectares, the center base is located in Nangang District, Taipei City, nearby the MRT Kunyang Station. The principal space design comprises of an indoor performing hall with 4500-6000 seats, an outdoor performing space with 15000 standing seats, exhibition space for reputed musicians, a digital library, a medium and small indoor exhibition and performing live house, industrial communities and incubation space, etc.

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