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Competition: Taoyuan Museum of Arts, Taiwan

Taoyuan City Government has launched an international contest for a $2.375 billion NTD contemporary art museum (Deadline: 14 December)

The competition seeks proposals for a 33,930m² complex featuring permanent and special exhibition spaces, storage facilities, education areas, administrative offices, cafés, retail and a tourist information hub.

The project, planned to complete in 2022, will be constructed within a 9.8ha pair of parkland sites a short distance from Taoyuan International Airport. Entries should also include a landscape strategy and proposals for a new pedestrian bridge linking the two parks, known as Park 12 and Park 13 and both located within the Taiwan High Speed Rail Taoyuan Station development zone.

Contest site

Contest site

Contest site

According to the brief: ‘The goal of Taoyuan Museum of Art is to collect and exhibit local artworks and to combine digital multimedia to form an arts learning playground making up for the deficiency of professional art educations in Taoyuan area.

‘The museum shall integrate Taoyuan’s local cultural characteristics and its unique landscape featuring numerous ponds. The outer shape of the museum should be sculpted, mimicking a piece of artwork.’

Taoyuan is in north-western Taiwan and is the country’s fourth-largest metropolitan area and its fastest growing city. It is home to around 2 million people and contains many industrial complexes and high-tech companies.

Nearby landmarks to the competition site include the Taoyuan Convention and Exhibition Center, Asia Silicon Valley, the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium and Qingpu Sports Park.

Site location map

Site location map

Site location map

The latest project will create a new venue for large-scale international exhibitions and arts storage, which is currently lacking in the wider city. The facility aims to boost the quality of local art by providing an incubator space for emerging artists and hosting international exhibitions.

Planned facilities include exhibition spaces, an art library, auditorium, classrooms, children’s art centre, workshops, artists’ studios and apartments, a bookshop, café, retail area, cultural tourism hub and car park.

The overall winner will receive around $237 million NTD to deliver the scheme. There will also be a second prize of $2.5 million NTD and third prize of $1.5 million NTD, along with two further $1 million NTD prizes. The competition languages are English and Chinese.

How to apply


The deadline for applications is 14 December

Contact details

Ying Tan Office of Public Construction
Taoyuan City Government

Tel: +886 3 3322101 #6701

Visit the competition website for more information 

Contemporary Art Museum St Louis case study: Q&A with Allied Works

The Portland-based practice discusses lessons learned designing a new art museum for St Louis

How did your Contemporary Art Museum St Louis deliver a landmark new facility to enhance the city’s cultural offer?

The Contemporary Art Museum St Louis is a non-collecting exhibition, education and event space in downtown St Louis, Missouri. The Contemporary’s mission is not to preserve, but to provoke. It presents work by noted artists such as Maya Lin, Bruce Nauman and Cindy Sherman, as well as emerging contemporary artists from across the region, and has become the focal point of new cultural and educational activities within the heart of the city. The museum is composed of two overlapping ribbons of concrete and stainless-steel mesh that define a sequence of interlocking galleries of various scale, proportion, and enclosure. Key programme elements include flexible exhibition space, multiform lecture and performance space, store, café and catering area, exhibit workshops, education centre and outdoor event terraces. The museum is an open field that concentrates the forces of the city in preparation for later occupation by the artists.

Contemporary Art Museum St Louis by Allied Works

Contemporary Art Museum St Louis by Allied Works

Contemporary Art Museum St Louis by Allied Works

Which architectural, material, visual and other methods did you harness in your design?

The two-story, 27,000 square foot [2,500m²] museum provides open, flexible space for exhibitions and programmes while emphasising transparency at ground level. Two intersecting ribbons of concrete and steel mesh weave and overlap to define the principal volumes. The lower walls bound the museum and create a series of large interconnecting galleries. The upper walls span above the galleries, providing spaces for administration and education. Ceiling planes are held at varying heights to create variations in scale, proportion and enclosure, providing a diversity of lighting conditions and curatorial opportunities. This building is a simultaneous act of enclosure and invitation, allowing the landscape to flow through the entire site, while tenuously capturing and containing rooms for art.

Contemporary Art Museum St Louis by Allied Works

Contemporary Art Museum St Louis by Allied Works

Contemporary Art Museum St Louis by Allied Works

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