Brooklyn design studio Sergio Mannino’s entry for the New Taipei City Museum of Art Competition features a sherbert-colored façade of geometric squares. A series of stacked rectangular units, the building radiates with lemons, limes, and baby blues. The units, representing parts that make up a village, pay tribute to the firm’s “Art as a Lifestyle” theme.
The design contest invites architecture firms from around the world to create a fresh look and versatile space to exhibit art. With a commitment to sustainable design, the Sergio Mannino team designed ceramic pattern-work for several of the museum’s facades. To lessen the environmental impact, the ceramic pieces will be made of only local materials. Arranged in eight different ways, the ceramic rectangles frame a grid-work of glass panes on the facades. The result creates gorgeous lacelike pattern on the exterior, that also act as a natural screen on the interior. The ceramic screen filters sunlight, and minimizes solar gain, reducing the need for air conditioning.
Aside from its practical use, the artisanal traditions of ceramics ties the building to historic craftsmanship, once more relating art and lifestyle. Each shape of the ceramic pieces are also based on the Kan Xi character Kou, meaning entrance, tying in the Taiwanese culture to the building.
The juxtaposition of each exhibition hall of the museum, skewed and stack atop one another, are meant to evoke the feeling of the traditional village lifestyle- all interconnected, yet independent of another.
Sergio Mannino’s solution for the Taipei City Museum of Art combines sustainability with art, with a design that not only celebrates artisanal craftsmanship, but also social culture.