OMA's Taipei theatre complex tops out

27/08/2014
OMA's Taipei theatre complex tops out
[Taipei] Taiwan
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Overview. Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) by OMA. Photography © Philippe Ruault. Image courtesy of OMA
The OMA designed Taipei Performing Arts Centre –a theatre complex centred around a transparent cube– has topped out today in the Taiwanese capital.

The OMA-designed Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) tops out today. Consisting of three theatres plugged into a central cube, TPAC encourages experimental theatre production, while a public loop invites wider engagement in the performing arts.

Taipei's mayor Hau Lung-pin, together with representatives from the city government, OMA's design team led by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, and design partner KRIS YAO | ARTECH in Taipei led by Kris Yao and Willy Yu, take part in today's topping out ceremony.

TPAC's design is comprised of a 1,500-seat Grand Theatre, an 800-seat Multiform Theatre, and an 800-seat Proscenium Playhouse. Plugged into a transparent central cube, each theatre can function independently while sharing backstage space and mechanical facilities. However the Grand Theatre and the Multiform Theatre can also be combined into a Super Theatre with a 100-metre long space for experimental theatrical possibilities.

Rem Koolhaas: "This arrangement allows the stages to be coupled for unsuspected scenarios and uses. The design offers the advantages of specificity with the freedoms of the undefined."

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