Designed by New York-based RUR Architecture, the 756,000-sqft Performance Hall at the Taipei Music Center (TMC)  opened with its first concert on September 5, 2020. Titled "Hi!" the event featured performers including Karencici (林愷倫), Boon Hui Lu (文慧如), MurMurShow (慢慢說樂團), Accusefive (告五人), PiHai Ryan (屁孩Ryan) and Shou (婁峻碩).

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened
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From the architect: Located in the Nangang District, the Performance Hall is the centerpiece of the firm’s competition winning design for a 9-hectare site in Taipei dedicated to the performance, production, and celebration of pop music in Asia. The innovative structure is designed for indoor and outdoor performances, seating 6000 inside and also accommodating several hundred outside at the public plaza. A faceted double skin wraps around and encloses the auditorium, made of anodized aluminum cladding outer layer and gypsum wall inner layer. The expansive geometric volumes mirror the terrain of the nearby mountains, a site-specific reference that ties the building into its environment. The venue features state-of-the-art technology, from acoustics and lighting to eco-friendly heating and cooling systems.

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened
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Conceived as a ‘City of Pop Music’, the TMC is a key part of cultural urbanism in the post-industrial revival of Taipei. As a cultural incubator, it brings the pop music community together in one hybrid and multipurpose complex. The Performance Hall is one of three major buildings in RUR’s masterplan, along with the Exhibition Hall (The Cube), which contains multiple exhibition spaces, collection storage, and research, archives, and lecture facilities, and the Creative Area Building (the Music Industry Shell), which houses production facilities. A new elevated public ground bridges the north and south sites which are divided by Civic Boulevard, bringing together all three buildings in a coherent design. The program also includes three live-houses, which will allow for simultaneous performances and also support new talent with intimate concerts.

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened
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RUR has designed the TMC as a new urban arts precinct for Taipei, weaving the buildings into the natural surroundings and further into the fabric of the city. Fully landscaped grounds and the inclusion of mixed-use spaces, such as stores, markets, and cafes, position the TMC as an appealing destination for both residents and visitors to Taipei, independent of the performance schedule.

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened
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The South side of the complex is scheduled for opening mid-2021, which will mark the completion of the project over a decade in planning by the central government and a decade in design and construction of RUR’s winning scheme.

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened
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Jesse Reiser, Principal at RUR, comments “Ten years ago, the outskirts of Taipei were characterized by industrial areas situated right up against verdant, forested hills. There was, and still is, no gradual transition of city to suburbs – in fact no suburbs at all. The effect of that contrast is a striking juxtaposition between city and nature. Once the old industry was removed and the Taipei Music Center was constructed, we found that nature and new architecture amplified each other’s beauty. Taipei Music Center functions as a discrete urban organism within the natural landscape, an urban peninsula connected to the city yet independent and extending beyond it into nature.”

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened
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Ko Wen-je, the Mayor of Taipei City, comments that “Our priority was to create a landmark building for the people of Taipei that at the same time provides necessary support to the pop music industry. The unique mountain-like eye catching geometry designed by RUR Architecture from New York allows us to reemphasize the Taiwanese pop music industry as playing a leading role in Mandarin and Asian pop music.”

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened
courtesy Yana Zhezhela and Alek Vatagin

ArchitectRUR Architecture DPC
Client: Ministry of Culture of Taiwan + Taipei City Government
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Design: 2009 - 2014
Construction: 2013-2021 (North side completed 2019)
Site Area: 89,223 sq. m
Gross Floor Area: 70,200 sq. m
Principals: Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto
RUR Team: Jesse Reiser, Nanako Umemoto, Neil Cook, Michael Overby, Juan De Marco, Hilary Simon, John Murphy, Kris Hedges, Eleftheria Xanthouli, Toshiki Hirano, Ryosuke Imaeda, Joy Wang, Massimiliano Orzi, Xian Lai, Jasmine Lee (liaison with FCA during construction)
Architect of Record: Fei and Cheng and Associates, Taipei, Taiwan - Philip Fei, Michael Fei, Mei Cheng, Angela Yang, Si-Heng Shen
Structural Engineer: ARUP, Hong Kong (Schematic Design) - Supertek, Taiwan (Detailed Design)
Facade Consultant: Meinhardt Façade Technology (Shanghai)
Theater, Acoustics Consultants: ARUP, New York (Schematic Design) - ARUP, Hong Kong (Detailed Design)

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened
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Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened

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Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened

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Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened

Taipei Music Center Performance Hall by RUR Architecture Opened

Designed by New York-based RUR Architecture, the 756,000-sqft Performance Hall at the Taipei Music Center (TMC) opened with its first concert on September 5, 2020

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