Client / New Taipei City Government
Stage / Competition / RIBA C
The museum is defined as a constellation of ‘rooms’; each legible as built volumes in their own right, and each housing key components of the program. The constellation is arranged outwardly as a unified and normative whole, but inwardly as a complex and particular topography of fissure, niche, bulge, flexure and contortion.
The gaps between the room elements, combined with a series of upper level loggia spaces, are the only interruptions to the external form of the building. These interruptions are specific to site wide access routes and provide select viewing opportunities of the wider landscape. Otherwise the external character of the museum constellation is elemental and near monolithic. The building is considered as a singular (and simple) architectural element in the context of the wider Yingge area: it is a backdrop and a screen, at first reading a seemingly self-conscious vessel in the park.
This simplistic understanding of the building is belied by a deliberate and carefully configured network of routes through the building, defining the various rooms as distinct from one another and creating a diverse sequence of formally specific areas for use as galleries, lecture theatres and event spaces.