Image: © OMA by Chris Stowers
New photos have been released of the Tapei Performing Arts Center recently completed by OMA.
Now part of the Shilin Night Market in the capital, the new center houses two 800-seat theaters and a larger 1,500-seat hall, in addition to support areas all connected by a centralized cube-like shape which, according to OMA founder Rem Koolhaas will free both patron and performer from a mind-numbing industry-wide trend.
“Theatre has a very long tradition. We have seen contemporary performance halls become increasingly standardized, with conservative internal operating principles. We want to contribute to the history of theater,” Koolhaas explained in a statement. “Here in Taipei, we were able to combine three auditoriums in a special way. We are interested to see how this architecture will impact in terms of expanding what we can do in theatre.
Photos reveal the cubic shape raised above a landscaped plaza connected to a feature called Public Loop, which weaves its way through the three theaters and their backstage areas to provide views that would be hard to find in larger theatrical communities. stuffy like London or Moscow. The configuration noticeably lacks a pronounced front and back typical of more traditional theater designs.
Collaborating architect Kris Yao explains, “This new building not only presents itself to the world as a novel and unique configuration of theater complexes, it also sits perfectly in its location – right in the center where Taipei’s popular life takes place. Its informal, unassuming and raw architectural spaces echo the spirit of how the citizens of Taipei approach art.
The new theater officially opens to the public in August. Check out more photos and a video of OMA’s latest cultural project below.
Taipei Performing Arts Center by OMA. Video © Shephotoerd Co. Photography courtesy of OMA.