Tainan Museum of Fine Arts, entrance.
Courtesy Shigeru Ban Architects Tainan Museum of Fine Arts, entrance.


Shigeru Ban Architects has won the commission for the Museum of Fine Arts in Tainan, Taiwan. The city’s government held the design competition to build a museum that would celebrate Tainan’s fine arts culture with platforms for both local and international exhibitions as well as arts education and research. Led by 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban, Shigeru Ban Architects proposed several levels of stacked galleries, with terraces of greenery in the interstitial spaces between the boxes. A “fractal shade roof,” supported by large diagonal structural columns, promotes natural ventilation while shading the museum beneath its large canopy, which, according to a description on the competition website, was designed as digital imitations of the leaves of a large tree. The competition proposed a project area no less than 26,400 square meters (284,167 square feet) for the new museum, which has a construction budget of NT$1.78 billion ($59 million).

West green.
Courtesy Shigeru Ban Architects West green.

Model of the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts.
Courtesy Shigeru Ban Architects Model of the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts.

Roof terrace.
Courtesy Shigeru Ban Architects Roof terrace.

The jury for the competition included Fumio Nanjo, director of Japan’s Mori Art Museum, Herman Kossmann, founding partner of Netherlands-based Kossman DeJong Exhibition Architects, Luís Ybarra Gutiérrez, principal of EDDEA Architecture in Spain, Marc Zehntner, director of Germany’s Vitra Design Museum, Norihide Imagawa, CEO of TIS & Partners Structural Engineering Office, Kuang-Ting Wu, associate professor at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University’s department of architecture, Man-Li Lin, professor in the arts and design department of Taiwan’s National Taipei University of Education, Chang Shing-Tao, professor at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University’s department of civil engineering, Jing-Yao Chang of JYC Architect in Taiwan, Chao-Ching Fu, professor at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University’s department of architecture, Mei-Ling Chen, the secretary general of Tainan’s City Government, and Hui-Tung Chen, the convener of a preparatory committee for the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan.

Interior.
Courtesy Shigeru Ban Architects Interior.

Street with views of fractal roof.
Courtesy Shigeru Ban Architects Street with views of fractal roof.

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