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Old Posted Jun 5, 2009, 11:35 PM
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Taichung Metropolitan Opera House

nybx6's flickr album about a symposium with toyo ito discussing taichung opera house with life size concrete mockups! they really are going to build this sucker!!

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Old Posted Jun 7, 2009, 10:12 AM
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great, go Taichung
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WOW...that looks amazing. Is it still at planning stage?
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Taichung doesn't have the funds to complete the project. There's a good chance this will end up as just another one of Jason Hu's taxpayer funded fantasies.
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Old Posted Jun 28, 2009, 11:42 AM
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Taichung doesn't have the funds to complete the project. There's a good chance this will end up as just another one of Jason Hu's taxpayer funded fantasies.
i read it's being paid for by the federal govt. as part of its 12 national projects whatever and the funding's already been approved. but could've changed, have no idea anymore.
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The design have change because of limited budget and construction technology issues.
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The design have change because of limited budget and construction technology issues.
big surprsie (not). so what does it look like now? boxy and covered with bathroom tiles?
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I saw this kind of thing I spat
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Old Posted Jul 4, 2009, 4:14 AM
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This is the last rendering I saw in skyscrapers.tw.
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to be honest i never was crazy about the design to begin with. innovative as it is, it's too organic looking. hopefully if they are redesigning it it will be much better.
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Old Posted Jul 12, 2009, 12:53 PM
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Taichung doesn't have the funds to complete the project. There's a good chance this will end up as just another one of Jason Hu's taxpayer funded fantasies.

still going to get built!! construction will start next year, but at least still going to get constructed!

article about architect toyo ito:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/ar...ef=global-home

"Even more ambitious are his plans for the Taichung opera house, which is scheduled to go into construction sometime next year. A work of striking inventiveness, it has already been touted as a masterpiece. Its porous exterior, which resembles a gigantic sponge, is as wildly imaginative in its way as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain. Its design was a large reason Mr. Ito was recently awarded his first American commission, the Berkeley Art Museum in California."


"Yet it is in his design for the Taichung opera house, scheduled to go into construction sometime next year, that Mr. Ito comes closest to an ideal he has been chasing for decades: a building that seems to have been frozen in a state of metamorphosis. Set in a landscaped park, the opera house is conceived as a flexible network of interconnected vessels that has been sliced off on four sides to form a rectangular box.

The amorphous forms are not random; their seemingly elastic surfaces grow and shrink according to the functions they house, which include restaurants, foyers, a roof garden and three concert halls that will seat from 200 and 2,000 people. Visitors will find themselves slipping between some of these forms and entering others. The sense of inside and out, of stillness and motion, becomes a complex, carefully composed dance.

It is a striking vision, as beautiful as anything built in the past decade. And it sums up Mr. Ito’s philosophy about both architecture and life, about the need to accommodate the many contradictions that make us human."
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Mr. Ito was recently awarded his first American commission, the Berkeley Art Museum in California."
There are some fairly obvious similarities between this building and his design for the Berkeley Museum: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/newbuilding/virtual_tour
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2009, 7:46 AM
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Here's some issue for this opera house:

The local developers fear that the construction cost will over the funds. The reason is lack of construction technology for local developers.

Taichung city council don't want to pay more money for this project. The funds has been added to 4.4 billion NT. (However, they also add more money for their new city council project. )

The bid for this project has been failed 5 time because of these two issues.
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Here's some issue for this opera house:

The local developers fear that the construction cost will over the funds. The reason is lack of construction technology for local developers.

Taichung city council don't want to pay more money for this project. The funds has been added to 4.4 billion NT. (However, they also add more money for their new city council project. )

The bid for this project has been failed 5 time because of these two issues.
maybe they should shell out the dough for the construction so they can acquire advanced construction techniques and develop their skills so that they can design and construct more innovative architecture and catch up with the developed world and improve their architecture along with it. just a thought.
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good news!!!! they found a contractor and it will definitely be built!!!

http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xitem=78764&CtNode=416

Bidder selected for Taichung opera house

Bidder selected for Taichung opera houseAn artist's impression of the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House. (Courtesy of Taichung City Government)

* Publication Date:11/18/2009
* Source: China Times

Work on Taichung’s long-awaited Metropolitan Opera House is set to begin following the city government’s unveiling of local firm Lee Ming Construction as winning bidder for the project.

“Once completed, Taichung Metropolitan will be a landmark structure on par with Australia’s Sydney Opera House,” said Taichung Mayor Jason Hu Nov. 17.

The 2,013-seat Grand Theater is expected to cost NT$4.36 billion (US$135 million) and will take just over four years to complete. Featuring a beamless design and irregular curved walls, the structure is the brainchild of Japanese architect Toyo Ito, whose work on the Kaohsiung Main Stadium attracted worldwide praise.

Originally set to open this year, the opera house is now on track for a December 2013 ribbon-cutting. According to Taichung City officials, the project was put up for bid five times over the past several years but failed to attract suitable tenders due to associated engineering challenges.

Downplaying the delay, Hu said work on the Sydney Opera House took an extra 15 years and ran 10 times over budget.

The mayor predicts Taichung’s opera house will be an architectural marvel that leaves visitors awestruck. “Ito’s design has no main construction surface in the building level except the floor,” Hu said. “The continuous double-curved surface has left many foreign and domestic construction companies scratching their heads.”

A spokesman from Domino Architects and Associates, Ito’s project partner in Taiwan, said Lee Ming Construction has won praise from Japanese experts for its construction techniques and attention to detail. “The company performed two trials earlier that were positively evaluated.”

Wu Chun-shan, president of Lee Ming Construction, said building such a structure containing three-dimensional curved walls was generally thought impossible. “But we are making the impossible possible.” (PCT-JSM)
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construction's getting intense!!

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wow... when did taichung get the best skyline in taiwan?!
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wow... when did taichung get the best skyline in taiwan?!
15 or 20 years ago?
Taichung doesn't have that many super talls, but Taichung always has the best skyline in Taiwan.
Taichung has a totally different skyline in recent years after all those buildings in the new district have been built(You can't even see the old taller buildings in the last two pictures).
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Sorry,
Taichung cannot have the best skyline in Taiwan...
but it really has the best concentration of highrises in Taiwan...like a concrete jungle
The best skylines in the world are always beside the sea...
like HongKong, New York, Shanghai....
Kaohsiung always has the best skyline in Taiwan
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