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Winning designs for Taipei Performing Arts Center on display
Central News Agency
2009-03-21 08:33 PM
Taipei, March 21 (CNA) The winning designs in an international competition for the construction of the Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) were put on display at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) Saturday to allow the public to see what the facility would look like, said a Taipei City official. The performing arts center, to be built to international standards at a cost of NT$3.8 billion, will serve as world-class performing arts venue for the Taipei area, the Taipei City government said.

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) , led by its partners Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, won the design competition from a field of more than 135 entries from 24 countries. The second and third places went to Morphosis Architects?aof the United States and Jose Ignacio Abalos of Spain, respectively.

According to CAB, the first prize winner will be awarded the planning, design, and supervision rights on the TPAC project.

At the opening of the exhibition, director of the city's Cultural Affairs Bureau (CAB) Lee Yong-ping said that the main purpose of the project is to provide a venue to accommodate large scale performances such as operas.

Over the past two decades, there has not been a performance venue in the Taipei area built to international standards, said Lee.

Currently, local groups are required to apply for the use of a venue at least one and half years before their performance date and are usually put on a wait list for the use of the National Theater or National Concert Hall, Lee said.

"All too often these performance venues are unavailable to some of the lower profile artists," Lee added.

Moreover, Lee said, after 20 years of operation, the facilities at the National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center are run down and many performances have been disrupted because of infrastructure problems.

"In light of the urgency of the situation, the city government aggressively pursued a project to construct a new world class performance venue," said Lee.

The main TPAC structure will house three theaters -- a 1,500-seat grand theater, and two 800-seat facilities, said Lee, adding that the spaces must meet the specific needs of many different types of performances.

"The center will also serve to foster arts education, support arts commerce and employment, and improve the standard of living from an artistic perspective," Lee said.

(By Luis Yu)



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