Taichung City Cultural Center Competition (Public Library & Fine Arts Museum)

Sponsor: Taichung City Government, Taiwan

Type: Open, international, two-stage

Languages: English, Chinese

Fee: None

Construction budget/Service fee:

About NT2,410,000,000. (Approximately US$ 80,000,000. Subject to the announced tender document.) The service fee for this project is 13.5% of the total construction cost.


1. Any licensed architect of Taiwan, alone or in joint tender.

2. Any licensed architect (or Firm / Corporation) of foreign country, alone or in joint tender.

3. Joint tender of licensed architects of Taiwan and licensed architects (or Firms / Corporations) of foreign countries.


27 May 2013 Stage One Submission Deadline   
31 May 2013Announcement of Shortlist for Stage II          
27 August 2013Stage Two Tender Submission Deadline  
30 August 2013Announcement of the Winners  

Process and Awards:

– No more than five finalists will be shortlisted for the second stage

One First Prize will be awarded Priority Price Negotiation Right of this project, one Second Prize, one Third Prize, and no more than two Honorable Mentions (the jury may choose not to select any or all prizewinner when it is necessary)

Exept for the winner, other shortlisted finalist will receive NT$1,600,000. (Approximately US$50,000)


• Yu-Chien Ann, M.Arch, Dean of the College of Design, Shih-Chien University
• Prof. Kurt Forster, (architect), Switzerland
• Yu-Tung Liu, Vice President and professor of Asia University, Taiwan
• Joshua Jih Pan, FAIA, Taiwan
• Yeng-Horng Perng, Dean of the College of Design, NTUST, Taiwan
• Linda Pollak, M.Arch; Principal of Marpillero Pollak Archiitects
• Mitsuru Senda, Professor of Architecture, Japan


The site is located on the northern end of Taichung Gateway Park, which is part of Taichung Gateway District, Taiwan (R.O.C.). With Convention and Exhibition Center to its north, this project will integrate parkland landscape to form a key cultural landmark and an entryway gesture into Taichung Gateway Park.

Design Challenge:

 In response to a growing urban population, urban development and changing cultural environment, this project aims to provide citizens with a multipurpose cultural, artistic and recreational facility. By combining and synergizing the functions of arts, culture and education, the overall goal is to enhance cultural services, amenity, making arts and culture an integral part of the city life.

Other design objectives include promoting culture-related industries, linking tourism, marketing resources and enhance branding of the city as a cultural hub.

Competition adviser: Barry Cheng Arch.; Email: barry-cheng@umail.hinet.net

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