TAICHUNG CITY CULTURAL CENTER
Program: Contemporary Art Museum, Library, Auditorium and Meeting Facilities
Program Area: 63,000m2
Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Our proposal for the Taichung Cultural Center creates a new kind of monument for a new public immersed in a new culture.
The Taichung Cultural Center is two institutions: a library and a museum. Its 63,000 square-meter twinned program, its 24/7 life, and the breadth of its cultural commitments provoke an architecture that is every bit as ambitious.
Traditional monumentality is predicated on institutional and cultural solidity, on the certainty of buildings and artifacts that civilizations use to assert their cultural legacies. In this building, solidity is replaced with an architecture that is open and monolithic at the same time: a monument that is assertive and susceptible. Our aim is to signal a civilization that is equally at home in known histories, swirling presents, and unknown futures.
A raised, four-level building-mass holds the concentrated workings of the library and museum. This mass — a culture factory — shelters and defines a new form of public space below: a culture salon designed to catalyze the free exchange of art and knowledge, city and park, young and old, high and low, day and night, inside and outside, what we know, and what we don’t. This elevated mass also forms a plinth above for specialized functions sited in six small towers — culture islands — that extend the museum and library skyward.
WW Project Team
Principals: Ron Witte and Sarah Whiting
Design Team: Sam Biroscak, Mary Casper, Erin Ruhl, Tony Yang, Peter Di Yi