2008-07-25

Taipei Performing Arts Centre

The Taipei City Government yesterday announced plans to find top international architects to design the new Taipei Performing Arts Centre.

The 2.2-hectare venue will be located on Chengde Road near Shilin Night Market. It will meet a need in the city for a facility that accommodates large and long-running performances by Taiwanese performing arts organisations. The structure will house a 1,500-seat theatre and two smaller 800-seat theatres. Construction of the Taipei Performing Arts Centre is scheduled to begin in 2010 and be completed in 2013.

An international competition will be held next year and the winning design team will be chosen by a committee headed by Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. The city plans to allocate NT$4.3 billion (US$140 million) for the project, with around 15 per cent of that amount going to the winning architectural team.

The city government will also invite international architectural teams to design two other cultural facilities — the Taipei Centre for Popular Music and the Taipei City Museum.

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Sources:

Mo Yan-chih. Taipei Times. 2008 07 25.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 2008 07 24.
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