Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Taipei Pop Music Center | Reiser + Umemoto

Winning Entry, Two-stage Open Competition
Scheduled Construction, 2014
Type: Pop Music Center
Structure: Multiple

Project Description
Pop music, while a global phenomenon, is regional in its definition. The Taiwanese Pop music scene typifies the phenomenon; while it crosses borders and cultures and dialects, it nevertheless has produced styles and genres with distinct transnational form and appeal. Though many aspects of pop culture exist in a hyper-technological or virtual realm, there is a need for a defined physical hub dedicated to the production and reception of pop. 

The Taipei Pop Music Center features a gradient of mixed-use spaces, from the fully public realm to the interior of the auditorium, allows the visitor to partake of the event dynamic however they choose to visit this complex. Whether they plan a night of music or are browsing the myriad shops, markets, cafes, and restaurants, the complex will be a 24-hour attraction independent of the schedule of performances in the theaters. The TPMC features a new elevated public ground, which bridges the two building sites presently divided by Xinsheng Rd. Corridor. The elevated public space is a pedestrian zone creating a coherent public space distinct yet connected to the life of the city, and effectively joining the three major zones of the complex, the Main Concert Hall, Outdoor Amphitheater, and the Hall of Fame. The public space is in itself a focus for outdoor events, surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops. Here, the spectacle of pop music can be celebrated and broadcast to the world. 

As opposed to a singular or inflexible performance venue, the TPMC allows both high-end, in-demand performances to coexist with small, up-and-coming artists. This has consequences not only for the diversity of concert-goers that the center will attract, but can also have important collaborative effects on pop music production in Taipei. We envision the Taipei Pop Music Center as a coherent environment, not merely a collection of performance spaces but a vibrant new part of the city itself. As Hollywood is to world cinema so the Taipei Pop Music center will be to Asian Pop. 

Project Credits
Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto
Design Team
Neil Cook, Michael Overby, Samuel Brissette
Interns and Assistants
Juan De Marco, Devin Jernigan, Jacob Bekermus, Giancarlo Valle, Shosuke Kawamura, Yasuhito Furuyama, Erin Kelly, Becky Quintal, Kate Wollman, Elise Renwick, Farzam Yazdanseta, Wei Wang, Edwin Lam, Sean Stevenson

Structural Engineering, MEP / Sustainability, Theater, Acoustics, Lighting, Facade
ARUP New York 

Local Architect
Fei and Cheng and Associates, Taipei, Taiwan 

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