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Multiple flavors in one pot: Taiwanese hot pot symbolizes integration and efficiency

In his early years, Rem Koolhaas explained his architecture through the concept of “social condensers”. Sharing a similar vision, the Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) not only serves as a hub for the performing arts in Taipei, but also reflects the current situation of local cities, culture, politics, and ethnic groups.
During his first visit to Taipei in 1994, Koolhaas once described Taipei as an “overwhelming utopia”. Before submitting his proposal, he visited the city again and experienced Taiwan’s night markets. Twin-side hot pots in night markets inspired his design for the TPAC, which fuses multiple layers of reality with diverse fantasies. He went on to create a building where reality is repeatedly stewed, cooked, and refined, overspilling its essence and aromas into the alleys and night market nearby.

The TPAC’s interior theater layouts were designed with experimental methods that ended up naturally creating a landmark building.

Concentrated energy from the city, crowds of people from the metro station, and shoppers from nearby retail districts converge here, forming a combination of dense urban clusters which consist of never-ending flows of people through three main points: the night market, metro station, and TPAC.
 

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Full-sized Wagner Orchestra Pit——Grand Theater

Richard Wagner has an important role in the history of art development. Apart from introducing the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), he also expanded the size of opera orchestras to pursue ultimate excellence in performances. While normal orchestras have around 70 members, Wagner’s ideal orchestra pit requires accommodation for at least 120 musicians. This influenced imaginative concepts and musical standards for theater spaces in later generations. The Grand Theater at the Taipei Performing Arts Center boasts the largest orchestra pit area in Taiwan; in fact, it can accommodate a full orchestra pit built to Wagner’s specifications. It can also be used for various types of performances, creating an impeccable acoustic feast.

The Architect -

Rem Koolhaas圖片
Rem Koolhaas

Rem Koolhaas

Rem Koolhaas was born in 1944 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1975 along with fellow architects Elia Zenghelis, Zoe Zenghelis, and Madelon Vriesendorp. He graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and published his first book, Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan, in 1978. Koolhaas authored the book S,M,L,XL (1995), which documents OMA’s work through the format of an “architectural novel”. He leads operations of OMA and AMO (a think tank affiliated with OMA), reaching into areas beyond architecture, including media, politics, renewable energy, and fashion. Koolhaas has received many international awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2000), Praemium Imperiale (2003), Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (Leone d'oro alla carriera) (2010), the Royal Institute of British Architects Charles Jencks Award (2012), and the Johannes Vermeer Award (2013). Koolhaas is now a Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. In 2014, he directed the 14th Venice Biennale International Architecture with the chosen theme Fundamentals.

Architect, OMA圖片
Architect, OMA

David Gianotten – Managing Partner

David Gianotten is the Managing Partner – Architect of OMA. He oversees the overall organizational and financial management, business strategy, and growth of OMA in all markets, in addition to his own architectural portfolio.

As partner-in-charge, David currently leads the design and construction of projects in different regions, including the Taipei Performing Arts Center; the masterplan of Rotterdam’s Feyenoord City; Amsterdam’s Bajes Kwartier—conversion of a large 1960s prison complex into a new neighborhood with 1,350 apartments; and VDMA—transformation of an unused site with industrial heritage in Eindhoven into a mixed-use urban hub.

David joined OMA in 2008, launched OMA’s Hong Kong office in 2009, and became partner in 2010. He led OMA’s portfolio in the Asia-Pacific region for seven years. In 2015, he returned to the Netherlands to oversee OMA globally as Managing Partner – Architect. Before joining OMA, he was Principal Architect at SeARCH in the Netherlands.

David is Chair of Transformational Architecture at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since 2016, he has been a professor at the Architectural Urban Design and Engineering department of the school, where he is a graduate in Architecture and Architectural Engineering. David also serves on the board of the Netherlands Asia Honors Summer School.
 

Architectural design team

Theatre

Theater Equipment to Support Your Every Need

The Taipei Performing Arts Center’s Grand Theater, Globe Playhouse, and Blue Box are equipped with fully-automated fly systems, which can be used accordingly depending on the total stage area needed. The Grand Theater has 57 automated variable speed fly battens, while the Globe Playhouse has 52. During performances, the fly system can be directly controlled via computer, allowing stagehand teams to distribute manpower more efficiently and create smoother performances.

Grand Theatre

Grand Theater

Even though the audience cannot see it, the offstage area is very important, as all kinds of stage props are stored there and performers get ready there as well. The Grand Theater’s left and right wings are 66 meters wide, while the Globe Playhouse has wings 45 meters wide.

Globe Playhouse

Globe Playhouse

The stage floors of the Globe Playhouse can be altered to create trap doors, which can be used for various mechanisms, stairs, or lifts. The backstage of the Grand Theater can also be altered in this way. There is a vast array of uses for trap doors in performances and there remains much potential in their possible uses.

Blue Box

Blue Box

The Blue Box is Taiwan’s largest black box experimental theater. The stage area is over 20 square meters and equipped with 10 automated fly battens.

Super Theatre

Super Theater

The Blue Box (Multiform Theater) is located directly across from the Grand Theater. Putting away the double-layer soundproof wall between them forms the 80-meter-long Super Theater.