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Competition: Greater Tainan Expo Centre, Taiwan

Contest site in Guiren, Tainan

Tainan City has announced an international contest to design a £45 million exhibition centre in Southern Taiwan

The competition seeks ‘unique’ proposals for a 39,000m2 exhibition and events facility, the Greater Tainan Expo Centre, for the country’s high-tech industries on a  5.2ha site next to two high-speed rail stations.

Proposals for the urban site should include a public plaza at the entrance, a large outdoor events area, a restaurant and car-parking. The building will require a range of conference halls, function rooms and booths for exhibits and other flexible uses.

According to the brief, the centre ‘serve as a multi-functional venue for performances, sports competitions, banquets and other events.

‘Being an interaction platform for industry, the Expo Centre is expected to enhance the industrial technology and business opportunities in order to draw more international investments.’

The centre will be built on an undeveloped site in the Guiren District on the south east fringe of the city next to the new Taiwan High Speed Rail (2007) and TRA Shalun terminus (2011).

The development is part of a Taiwanese government initiative to promote local and international business meetings, conferences, and events in order to boost local employment and tax revenues.

The new building will be expected to feature a 1,000-capacity conference room with a column-free height above 12m and the potential to be subdivided into four separate rooms each with space for 250 delegates. A 12,100m2 multistorey car park for 550 cars and 450 scooters will also be required.

The competition language is traditional Chinese, and applicants will need to prove their design credentials and financial capability to deliver a project of this scale. The winning tender bidder will design and develop the scheme.

The overall winner, to be announced on 8 September, will receive around £38,000, and there will also be a second prize of £25,000 and third prize of £20,000.

The deadline for submissions is noon local time, 30 August

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Public Works Bureau Of Tainan City Government
6, Yung-Hwa Rd., Sec. 2
708 Tainan

Email: scc1758@mail.tainan.gov.tw
Tel: +886-6-2991111 Ext 8714