Like a volcano

  • contemporary architecture

This year, in autumn there was held an international architectural contest on the best project of Taipei Pop Music Center. The finalists (Studio Gang Architects was one of them) were announced in November, but their projects haven’t been published yet. Archi.ru presents the “Dragon Nest” of Asadov’s srudio – one of the Russian projects, participated in the contest.


This year Taipei Pop Music Center project contest is the second for Taipei architectural worldwide contest. A. Asadov’s studio submitted for the contest the project named "Dragon Nest", in the basis of which is one of the ancient cultural symbols of Taiwan. Pop music centre is supposed to be built in one of Taipei industrial zones to be revitalized in the nearest future. The building land is a small trapezoidal area located closely adjoining the railway. The architects of studio A. Asadov’s studio had analyzed the features of the territory and surrounding landscape and came to an important conclusion basic for the project concept – the place doesn’t need architecture, but a park, an oasis of the nature in the middle of the gray urban desert. The centre was compared to a hill harmoniously fit in the landscape of Taipei. The architects construct a landscaped platform over the railway. The main concert hall volume (for 4,5 - 5 thousand seats according to the requirements) resembles a small volcano with planted sides, in the crater of which there is a small open-air stage. The image of a volcano did not appear in the project by chance: in the northern part of Taiwan, and where Taipei is located there is a group of extinct volcanoes. However, A. Asadov’s studio created a quite active artificial volcano – it spouts music sounds and fireworks, in the evening floor of the concert hall turns into a stream of boiling lava high over which there are special bridges for the audience.
Text by: Alexander Asadov, Andrey Asadov, Anna Gerasimenko

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