Japanese architecture firm SANAA just won first place in a competition to design the new Taichung City Cultural Center! Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa's winning proposal dubbed “Cloud Boxes” is a playful cluster of interlocking white cubes that look light as air and almost completely transparent. Second place went to Paris-based Jean-Loup Baldacci, while the third prize went to Eisenman Architects.
SANAA’s proposal was designed in collaboration with local Taiwanese studio Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners. The project will play a pivotal role in mega-merging the skyscraping towers of downtown Taichung with the villages situated on the mountainsides of Taichung County. The new cultural center is designed to establish a new identity for the inhabitants and attract the attention of the international art community.
Translucent drapes envelop the interior of the complex, which features prominent walkways and viewing platforms. The central atrium acts a meeting point and the heart of the center. The almost arbitrary composition of the scattered cubes creates voids and plazas that provide secluded areas to support the surrounding spaces.
The competition shortlist included: Stucheli Architekten AG / Mathis Tinner (Switzerland); MASS STUDIES / Minsuk Cho (Korea); Eisenman Architects, PC / Peter Eisenman (U.S.A.); and Jean-loup Baldacci ( France).