OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center Completed

OMA’s Taipei Center for the Performing Arts prepares for its summer grand opening

OMA’s Taipei Center for the Performing Arts is complete and gearing up for its grand opening season this summer
OMA’s Taipei Center for the Performing Arts is finally completed with its powerful geometric forms overlooking the bustle of central Taiwan. After a decade-long development and construction process that has had to address anything from architectural fine-tuning to delays caused by a major contractor bankruptcy, as well as the pandemic, Taiwan’s highly anticipated cultural center is now preparing to open. Doors to the public at an official ceremony on August 7, 2022.

The architects behind it, OMA, with a team headed by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, highlight its smart and flexible design, which includes three large theaters arranged around a central cube, while at ground level, a city life and night market that once occupied the site can Continuing with business as usual, inviting the community to the newly constructed architectural project.

Inside, there is an 800-seat spherical proscenium theatre, Globe Playhouse; The Grand Theatre, a 1,500-seat space for a variety of performances; and the 800-seat multi-form theater, Blue Box, which will host more experimental productions for the center. The latter two can also be combined to become the 2,300-seat super theatre, accommodating the largest events possible. A publicly accessible walkway leads visitors into and through the building freely, emphasizing this blend of the arts and everyday community life.

Photography: Hsuan Lang Lin

The configuration of three theaters connected by a central cube resulted in new interior works for the performance spaces to inspire unimagined productions. The public episode shows visitors with and without tickets these new businesses and their creative processes. “We are excited about how the building is constantly creating new relationships between artists, spectators and the public,” says Giannotten.

Koolhaas adds, “Theatre has a very long tradition. We’ve seen contemporary performance theaters become increasingly standardized, with conservative internal operating principles. We want to contribute to the history of theater. Here in Taipei, we’ve been able to bring together three halls in a certain way. We’re interested to see how it would be This architecture has an impact in terms of expanding what we can do in theater.

The Taipei Center for the Performing Arts is planning a scene-packed inaugural season, with a variety of events befitting its impressive building. A total of 37 productions and 142 performances of all shapes and sizes were lined up to mark the grand opening of this major cultural destination for the entire region. §

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