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OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Heart lifts theater over bustling night time market


A glassy dice of epic proportions with unusual protrusions has crash-landed on the southern fringe of the Shilin Evening Market, considered one of Taipei’s busiest facilities of commerce and tourism. A sphere hovers in house, visually mounted to the corrugated glass curtain wall and assisted by nothing apart from a slender pair of pillars that terminate within the plaza a number of tales beneath. The truth that the hefty-seeming quantity can also be supported by an inside concrete body is, even upon shut inspection, neatly hid by layers of luxurious veneers.

Fourteen years within the making, the OMA-designed Taipei Performing Arts Heart declares its goal to its busy surrounds. From the close by plaza, the dice’s rippling glass invitations glances via the corridor’s color-coded rooms: pink for rehearsal areas, inexperienced for places of work, and brown for lounge areas. Seen from contained in the foyer, the load-bearing glass distorts the views out to the plaza. At night time, when the field is totally illuminated, the varied features of this “machine for theater” grow to be instantly legible, in order that “the general public [can] take visible possession of it,” stated Chiaju Lin, an OMA affiliate who headed up the venture.

detail view of a building facade
The biggest quantity (a dice) is wrapped in corrugated glass, whereas the intersecting volumes are outfitted in aluminum alloy panels. (Chris Stowers/Courtesy OMA)
detail view of structural glass
Structural corrugated glass additionally featured at OMA’s Casa da Musica (2005) in Porto, Portugal. (Shephotoerd Co. Images/Courtesy OMA)

Although it seems mild and ephemeral, the facade is sturdy sufficient to resist every part from typhoons to earthquakes. (Each are frequent within the area.) Particular person panels had been fabricated within the Barcelona manufacturing facility of famend glass producer Cricursa. The volumes that trisect it home theaters and are clad in a 3-millimeter-thick aluminum alloy usually reserved for manufacturing boats. It was shipped from Germany in massive rolls to be fabricated close to the location, the place the shiny top-layer materials was meticulously eliminated by hand. “We couldn’t discover a grinding machine massive sufficient,” stated Lin, “so it needed to be handled the old school means.” This remedy lends a refined wave sample to the panels that comes alive in highlights and shadows.

a blue-hued theater space
The Blue Field will be mixed with the Grand Theater to type the Tremendous Theater. (Shephotoerd Co. Images/Courtesy OMA)
a globe-shaped theater space with a blue grid
Contained in the Globe Playhouse (Shephotoerd Co. Images/Courtesy OMA)

Whereas the panels of the angular Grand Theater and Blue Field theater (collectively, they type the Tremendous Theater) had been put in as massive rectangular sheets, the spherical Globe Playhouse required its personal novel set of fabrication strategies. To type the outer panels, the sheets had been machine-cut to a human scale in order that they may very well be welded collectively on-site, following a digital mannequin. In a gesture of old school craftsmanship, the welding joints had been then “erased” by hand, abandoning a faint white grid sample inside the bigger triangular panels.

“These human touches are deliberate parts of the ultimate design,” Lin stated. “They display that this ‘machine for theater’ was not itself made by machines, however a devoted development group.”

an escalator with red accent lighting going down
The Public Loop, which runs via the advanced, affords guests a glimpse of back-of-house operations. (Shephotoerd Co. Images/Courtesy OMA)
building detail with corrugated glass
The corrugated glass–enclosed rooftop terrace. (Shephotoerd Co. Images/Courtesy OMA)

Architect: OMA (Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten)
Architect of document: Kris Yao | ARTECH
Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Structural engineer: Evergreen Consulting Engineering Inc.
Construction, MEP, constructing physics, fireplace engineer: Arup
Theater tools contractor: L&Okay Engineering Co. Ltd., IX Co. Ltd., JR Clancy
Facade development: Solar-Sea Development Co. Ltd.
Facade engineer: ABT, CDC Inc.
Corrugated glass: Cricursa
Aluminum producer: Yu Lin Machine Firm Ltd.

cross section of a theater space
A piece via the Playhouse. (Courtesy OMA)



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