The design competition for New Taoyuan Museum of Arts was announced yesterday. Selected as one of four teams from a field of 14 entrants to proceed to the final stage, the JJP team ultimately achieved the third place. The jury, among members, included Adele Naude Santos, dean of the School of Architecture of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Louisa Hutton, a renowned British architect.

The design envisions three flower-like clusters according to functions: exhibition, education and multimedia. The clusters are simultaneously independent and dependent with a sinuous bridge connecting the cores of each flower. Each cluster in turn consists of several overlapping petals of various dimensions to satisfy different functions. The stacking of volumes leads to interesting spatial relationships and shading effects.

JJP Architects and Planners led the team and collaborated with MVRDV, TOPOTEK1 and other leading consultants such as Envision Engineering Consultants for structural engineering, Environmental Arts Design for urban design and Curator Pei-Ni Beatrice Hsieh. During the process of the competition all members learnt a lot from each other via the creative interactions.