Taiwan’s Taoyuan City is often passed over for its glitzier neighbor Taipei, but a new proposed art museum could give the city an extra boost in attracting new talent and tourists. Kanazawa-Based Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop unveiled competition-winning designs for the Taoyuan Museum of Art that comprises a pair of dramatically sloped green-roofed buildings. Dubbed “The Hill,” the multipurpose art museum will be located in the heart of the city where it will serve as a new community hub.
Created in collaboration with Joe Shih Architects, THR ARTECH, Ove Arum & Partners, Nagata Acoustics, and Izumi Okayasu Lightning Design, Riken Yamamoto’s the Hill proposal will be constructed within a 9.8-plot split in two by the elevated high-speed rail line. The nearly 34,000-square-meter museum will be located within striking distance of Taoyuan International airport. Its dramatic form responds directly to the competition brief, which specified a sculptural museum appearance “mimicking a piece of artwork.”
In addition to hosting artwork and providing an incubator space for local emerging artists, the museum will double as a new public park and the sloped green roof will be made accessible by way of a zigzagging ramp. Boxy white pavilions punctuating the sloped roof will house retail. The project is expected to catalyze economic development in the area as well as the addition of new artists’ residences.
Images by Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop