The Taiwan Power Company (TPC) has launched an ideas contest for a new natural gas power station near Kaohsiung City
Open to local and international architects, landscape architects and students, the two-stage conceptual competition seeks proposals for a 3.9GW facility to replace the nearby Hsinta Power Plant, which is due to be decommissioned in 2025.
The replacement power station, planned to start generating in 2023, is part of Taiwan’s strategic ambition to shift away from nuclear power by 2025 and draw 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources. It will be constructed on a 130ha site close to the locally important Yongan Salt Field and the protected offices of the former Wushulin Salt Manufacturing Company.
According to the brief: ‘TPC hopes to introduce innovative design and ideas and attract reputable design teams around the world while establishing a green corporate image.
‘By undertaking its building form and landscape planning through an international conceptual design competition, thus shaping the vision and image for the future plant, TPC hopes to realise breakthrough concepts for the next-generation power plant – one that aligns itself with leading global standards to become a local landmark. The image embodied by the new plant will also serve to promote TPC’s corporate philosophy, help the public better identify with power plants in the country and enhance the corporate image through promotional activities.’
The Hsinta Power Plant is located on a large 148ha promontory overlooking the Taiwan Strait. The plant, which will see its main natural gas units decommissioned between 2023 and 2025, is located a short distance from Kaohsiung City near the Hsinta Fishing Harbour.
The competition is the latest international call for ideas to be launched in Taiwan and comes two years after Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners won a contest to design a new terminal at Taoyuan International Airport.
Earlier this year Tainan City launched an international contest to design a £45 million exhibition centre in Southern Taiwan. A winner has yet to be announced.
Last month Taoyuan City also opened an international contest for a £60 million contemporary art museum which remains open for applications until 14 December.
Judges in the Hsinta Power Plant contest include Marcus Cruz, professor of innovative environments at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and local architect Chinghwa Chang.
Five shortlisted teams, due to be announced on 26 January, will receive around £5,000 each to participate in the competition’s second stage. Five honourable mentions will also each receive around £2,500.
The overall winner, to be announced on 27 April, will receive a £100,000 prize, and there will also be a second prize of £50,000, third prize of £25,000 and fourth prize of £12,600.
The deadline for applications is 5 January.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Barry Cheng Architect