Taoyuan City Government has launched an international contest for a £60 million contemporary art museum
The competition seeks proposals for a 33,930m² complex featuring permanent and special exhibition spaces, storage facilities, education areas, administrative offices, cafés, retail and a tourist information hub.
The project, planned to complete in 2022, will be constructed within a 9.8ha pair of parkland sites a short distance from Taoyuan International Airport. Entries should also include a landscape strategy and proposals for a new pedestrian bridge linking the two parks, known as Park 12 and Park 13 and both located within the Taiwan High Speed Rail Taoyuan Station development zone.
According to the brief: ‘The goal of Taoyuan Museum of Art is to collect and exhibit local artworks and to combine digital multimedia to form an arts learning playground making up for the deficiency of professional art educations in Taoyuan area.
‘The museum shall integrate Taoyuan’s local cultural characteristics and its unique landscape featuring numerous ponds. The outer shape of the museum should be sculpted, mimicking a piece of artwork.’
Taoyuan is in north-western Taiwan and is the country’s fourth-largest metropolitan area and its fastest growing city. It is home to around 2 million people and contains many industrial complexes and high-tech companies.
The latest project will create a new venue for large-scale international exhibitions and arts storage, which is currently lacking in the wider city. The facility aims to boost the quality of local art by providing an incubator space for emerging artists and hosting international exhibitions.
The overall winner will receive around £6 million to deliver the scheme. There will also be a second prize of £63,000 and third prize of £38,000, along with two further £25,000 prizes.
The competition languages are English and Chinese, and the deadline for applications is 14 December.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Ying Tan Office of Public Construction
Taoyuan City Government
Tel: +886 3 3322101 #6701