New Taipei City Museum of Arts: International Design Competition
Yingge, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Just as New Taipei City is a link between the urban landscape of Taipei and the rugged, mountainous countryside, our design for the for the New Taipei City Museum of Contemporary Art is a bridge between the historic Yingge and the natural landscape along the Yingge River. The design is inspired by the deposits of sandstone that fill the riverbed. We believe that the experience of art is like crossing a river, stepping from stone to stone, sometimes across a great expanse, a leap of the imagination, until we find ourselves on the far shore, transcendent.
This highly contemplative approach to the masterplan of the museum resulted in several meaningful landscape gestures which not only complement the museum’s architectural approach but addresses urban and ecological issues as well. The grid of trees that dominate the northern side of the site relates back to the adjacent urban core, while offering shade and respite for museum patrons. A grand greenbelt provides a framework for bio-retention areas that extend out to the riverside and gives habitat for local wildlife as well as pedestrian access. The museum punctuates both of these landscapes, echoing the strewn rocks that populate the riverbed.