Tainan Art Museum / 台南市美術館

Tainan, Taiwan / 台南、台湾

The site is located in the center of Tainan -the old capital of Taiwan- which is concentrated with many shops and cultural institutions. The project was won through an open competition, and is a 19,071m2 art museum to be built on top of an existing underground parking lot, which serves the surrounding area.
When walking around the site during the initial site visit, my first concern was that in this city where the buildings are so densely built up, there was no park space for relaxation serving the citizens. This is where I thought of a building typology that combines the building with a park.
It would be ideal, to be able to do something similar to the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, where groups of galleries are spotted throughout a beautiful landscape, but the site is rather tight at only 24,503m2, making it impossible to realize. On the other hand, unlike Kevin Roche’s Oakland Museum, where park spaces are just located on top of the museum, I thought of a building typology where the art museum and the activities of the park are not separate, but rather an integrated whole, make it possible to freely go out into the park from within the museum, or have park visitors, without realizing it, enter and enjoy the museum.
Various sizes of galleries that are shifted and stacked atop one another create roof tops that become interconnected park spaces, while the entrances of the museum are located in the spaces between the individual galleries.
If a building takes a square form, the sense of direction and frontage becomes too strong, especially in this case, and by taking a hint from the five-petal Phoenix Blossom - the symbolic flower of Tainan – I thought of a large pentagon-shaped frame that encompasses the gallery boxes while this also weakens the sense of main frontage by facing in all directions, and allowing visitors to approach from many different directions.
Since Tainan has strong solar radiation all throughout the year, in order to create shading for the entire building, we are developing “Fractal Shading”, together with Professor Satoshi Sakai of Kyoto University. He originally developed a plastic pergola type of fractal shading, and together with Professor Sakai we are now developing a large scale metal version to shade the whole building.

In addition, the existing building at the Former Tainan Police Department site is renovated and refurbished to house new gallery spaces, administration offices, shops and a food court. The new building with the existing building will house new gallery spaces, the collection storage spaces and the art research facility. The collection storage is located just above the new exhibition galleries so in the future, the storage area can become gallery space with the growth of the permanent collection.

敷地は、台湾の旧首都にあたる台南市の町の中心で、ショッピングや文化施設が集中している地域である。台南市の街の中心部に2つの美術館を建設するもので、1館は旧警察署を増改築した近代美術館、2館は地下駐車場と地上の公園の元の敷地に現代美術館を計画している。2014年夏にコンペに勝ち、我々が設計者に決まった。 まず、最初の敷地見学の時敷地周辺を歩き回り、建物が密着した町に市民の憩いの場となる公園がないことが気になり、建築と公園を一体にしたようなビルディングタイプを想像した。
美術館を楽しむ行為と公園のアクティビティが分離されたものでなく、美術館の中から自由に公園へ出たり、公園に来た人がいつのまにか美術館に入り楽しめるような、両方の機能が一体に連続したようなビルディングタイプを考えた。そこで、さまざまな大きさのギャラリーを上に重ね、それらがずれた屋根上を公園として連続させ、個々のギャラリーの隙間から美術館の中に出入りできるようにした。 建物を四角くすると正面性や方向性が強くなり過ぎるので、台南市の街のシンボルである鳳凰花の五角形をヒントに、方向性が弱く周囲のどちらの方向にも向いている、大きな五角形のフレームの中にギャラリーの箱を納めた。


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