In Taiwan, the construction of one of the most famous long-term construction projects in the country is nearing completion – the Taipei Performing Arts Center ( TPAC ) designed by the Dutch architectural bureau OMA … This large-scale building is the largest theater complex in the country, consisting of three separately functioning venues.
Externally, TPAC is a corrugated glass cube raised above the ground with three spherical and parallelepiped-shaped volumes growing out of it. Each of them houses an auditorium.
The largest hall, designed for one and a half thousand spectators, according to the architects, embodies “the evolution of large theater spaces of the twentieth century.” The two small halls, which can accommodate up to eight hundred people each, are conceived as experimental venues: for example, spectators from the foyer can watch the actors behind the curtains. The back rooms of all three halls are combined, which makes it possible to use them both together – during large performances, or separately.
OMA won the TPAC design competition in 2009. According to the original plan, the complex was supposed to open in 2013, but the construction time was repeatedly postponed due to the complexity of the facility. The official opening date of the center has not yet been set, and all work is planned to be completed soon this year.