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Room to grow

Could the futuristic, ultra-flexible architecture of the Taipei Performing Arts Center herald a shake up in the design of performance and exhibition spaces? Magali Robathan takes a look


The long-awaited Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan has been completed.

Created by a team led by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten at OMA with local architect, Kris Yao, the 59,000sq m cultural centre has been designed as a highly flexible space suitable for the most experimental performances, and features “three theatres plugged into a central cube,” according to Gianotten. The theatres can be merged or modified, making them suitable for a whole host of different “unimagined and spontaneous forms.”

The general public can access a Public Loop, which runs through the theatre’s infrastructure production spaces – portal windows allow them to peek at performances and the technical spaces in between the theatres.

The spherical 800-seat Globe Playhouse, with an inner and an outer shell, “resembles a planet docking against the cube,” according to the architects. The intersection between the inner shell and the cube forms a unique proscenium for experimentation with stage framing.

The Grand Theater is a 1,500-seat theatre space for different performing arts genres. Opposite to it, on the same level, is the 840-seat Blue Box for the most experimental performances. When coupled, the two theatres become a Super Theater – a huge, factory-style space that can accommodate productions and events “otherwise only possible in found spaces”.

A new landscaped plaza beneath the theatre offers a further gathering space.

The centre is due to open to the public in August 2022 following a series of test performances.

Credit: OMA

"We wanted to contribute to the history of the theatre and we’re interested to see how this architecture will extend what we can do in theatres" – Rem Koolhaas

Credit: Fred Ernst

"We’re excited by how the building constantly generates new relationships between artists, spectators, and the public" –  David Gianotten

"This building sits at the centre of the plebian life of Taipei. Its informal, unpretentious, raw architecture echoes the spirits of how the citizens of Taipei approach art" –  Kris Yao

The futuristic 800-seat theatre aims to be as inclusive and flexible as possible Credit: Shephotoerd Co. Photography, courtesy of OMA
The general public can enter the theatre without a ticket via a Public Loop Credit: Shephotoerd Co. Photography, courtesy of OMA
The Taipei Performing Arts Center is located at the heart of Taipei’s Shilin Night Market Credit: OMA by Chris Stowers
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Could the futuristic, ultra-flexible architecture of the Taipei Performing Arts Center herald a shake up in the design of performance and exhibition spaces? Magali Robathan takes a look


The long-awaited Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan has been completed.

Created by a team led by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten at OMA with local architect, Kris Yao, the 59,000sq m cultural centre has been designed as a highly flexible space suitable for the most experimental performances, and features “three theatres plugged into a central cube,” according to Gianotten. The theatres can be merged or modified, making them suitable for a whole host of different “unimagined and spontaneous forms.”

The general public can access a Public Loop, which runs through the theatre’s infrastructure production spaces – portal windows allow them to peek at performances and the technical spaces in between the theatres.

The spherical 800-seat Globe Playhouse, with an inner and an outer shell, “resembles a planet docking against the cube,” according to the architects. The intersection between the inner shell and the cube forms a unique proscenium for experimentation with stage framing.

The Grand Theater is a 1,500-seat theatre space for different performing arts genres. Opposite to it, on the same level, is the 840-seat Blue Box for the most experimental performances. When coupled, the two theatres become a Super Theater – a huge, factory-style space that can accommodate productions and events “otherwise only possible in found spaces”.

A new landscaped plaza beneath the theatre offers a further gathering space.

The centre is due to open to the public in August 2022 following a series of test performances.

Credit: OMA

"We wanted to contribute to the history of the theatre and we’re interested to see how this architecture will extend what we can do in theatres" – Rem Koolhaas

Credit: Fred Ernst

"We’re excited by how the building constantly generates new relationships between artists, spectators, and the public" –  David Gianotten

"This building sits at the centre of the plebian life of Taipei. Its informal, unpretentious, raw architecture echoes the spirits of how the citizens of Taipei approach art" –  Kris Yao

The futuristic 800-seat theatre aims to be as inclusive and flexible as possible Credit: Shephotoerd Co. Photography, courtesy of OMA
The general public can enter the theatre without a ticket via a Public Loop Credit: Shephotoerd Co. Photography, courtesy of OMA
The Taipei Performing Arts Center is located at the heart of Taipei’s Shilin Night Market Credit: OMA by Chris Stowers
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