The aspiration for the Taichung City Cultural Center reflects the need for a unified and identifiable public place while simultaneously fostering the individual identity of two new cultural institutions and various public activities. Meanwhile, the projects vital location necessitates a refined approach that balances the aspirations of the project with those of the developing Gateway district in order to fully take advantage of the site.
How can one create two distinct institutions that make up for a unified identity? Where does one define the limit between public and private space in the context of a public institution? How can a building respond to the needs of today while maintaining flexibility for the changes of tomorrow?
Following a thorough exploration of design approaches, it became evident that the composition of the two programmatic elements, the Public Library and the Fine Arts Museum, required the introduction of a linking constituent: a public space whose formalization creates a liaison between the two institutions, as well as with the natural landscape of the park and the urban interface of the city. The final proposition consists of two individual buildings and a tectonic element that defines a public space and harmonizes the various dualities of the project and the site.