TAIPEI (The China Post) — The architectural design of Taichung Arena proposed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma & Associates and Taiwan’s local firm Bio-Architecture Formosana won the second stage of the bid project, the Taiwanese building firm announced Tuesday.
The two companies will work on building a world-class and multi-functional Taichung Arena, making it a new architectural landmark in Taiwan.
Renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the new Japan National Stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille (FRAC Marseille).
The Taichung Arena in Beitun district is located near the Shuinan Economic and Commercial Zone, Central Taiwan Science Park and the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.
The area will be an important economic driver for Taichung City in the future.
The team’s architectural plan is based on the theme of “sky corridor, sports park, world landmark and civic paradise,” which symbolizes the blending of Taichung Arena with its environment.
The façade is inspired by the Dajia Rush Straw Crafts in the coastal suburban district in Taichung. The use of straw crafts connects the interior and exterior spaces, and integrates the environment with the architecture, according to Bio-Architecture Formosana.
According to Chinese-language media, the Taichung Arena, covers 6.9 hectares, has a total cost of NT$6.5 billion (US$ 220 million) and can accommodate more than 15,000 spectators, with preliminary plans to host basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, soccer and other sporting events as well as concerts.
The construction of the Taichung Arena is expected to begin in 2022 and the arena will officially open in 2026.