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The Green Cell: Kengo Kuma’s Design for the Taipei City Museum of Art Has an Insulating Green Roof

Posted By Tafline Laylin On October 19, 2011 @ 11:54 am In Architecture,Gallery | No Comments

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Principally a cultural hub, this building is also a mixed-use development [2] complete with retail facilities that creates a bridge to the nearby train station and cable car. The main hall also connects to a riverbank trail, making it very easy for people to use public transportation and access the museum without having a car. Immediately upon entering the central hall, visitors will be able to participate in a range of workshops and gatherings in addition to viewing the main exhibitions.

Beyond the main hall are various levels of exhibits that eventually climb to a deck and restaurant at the top of the building, which is wrapped in a double layer of mesh. This highly breathable envelope extends all the way to the ground in places to create shaded spaces. And at night, the building is illuminated by energy-efficient LEDs [3] that give it an extraordinary glow. With the Great Bamboo Wall featured previously on Inhabitat [4] and this design, which won second place in the Taipei City Museum of Art design competition, Kengo Kuma + Associates are quickly making a big name for themselves in the emergent world of sustainable design.

+ Kengo Kuma + Associates [5]

+ Taipei City Museum of Modern Art [6]

Via Designboom [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/10/kengo-kuma-new-taipei-city-museum-of-art-2.jpg

[2] mixed-use development: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed-use_development

[3] energy-efficient LEDs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-emitting_diode

[4] the Great Bamboo Wall featured previously on Inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/great-bamboo-wall/

[5] + Kengo Kuma + Associates: http://kkaa.co.jp/

[6] + Taipei City Museum of Modern Art: http://www.ntcart.com.tw/html/project_1_e.html

[7] Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/17144/kengo-kuma-associates-new-taipei-city-museum-of-art.html

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