Luminous Moon-Gate: Cultural Center | 2014 | Taichung, Taiwan
Architects: Form4 Architecture
Client: Taichung City Cultural Center, Taichung City, Taiwan
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Luminous Moon-Gate: Taichung City Cultural Center was designed in 2013 for the Taichung City Cultural Center International Competition. The objective was to design a public library and fine arts museum to distinguish itself as a city with arts and culture at its core. To achieve this, the design firm was tasked with creating accessible, attractive, and flexible space, and a rich social and recreational learning environment.
Located on the northern end of Taichung Gateway Park, part of the Gateway District, Taiwan (R.O.C.), the library and museum, a vertical oval and horizontal oval, respectively, act as both a singular cultural landmark and entrance to the greater Park. The buildings feature largely glass surfaces that draw passersby throughout the day and serve as a beacon of activity at night, following the idea that transparency of knowledge leads to collective achievements. Each oval's axes point visitors toward the park, with the library sitting on an axis that extends to the city.