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Taipei Performing Arts Centre

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Categories:
Facades , Culture , Asia pacific

Location: Taipei, Taiwan​
Completion date: 2020
Architect(s): Rem Koolhaas  | www.oma.eu
Glass Laminator: Cricursa  | www.cricursa.com
Photo credits: ® Chris Stowers

Taipei Performing Arts Centre, designed by Pritzker Prize laureate Rem Koolhaas at OMA, is a multi-theatre culutural centre designed for theatre goers and the general public. Resembling a planet docking into a huge cube, TPAC is a contemporary evolution of traditional performing arts centres, houses three theatres and is due to open in late 2020. Showcasing Vanceva's Grey colour PVB, the façade features S-shape laminated curved glass fabricated by Cricursa. The annealed glass measures 5m in height with a 330mm radius and 8+8, 10+10 and 12+12 laminated assemblies. The combination interlayer is comprised of clear PVB, XIR 72-47 solar control film, and Vanceva Grey colour PVB (Earth Tones - RB47 - 654400) - exemplifying the use of interlayer technologies. The lamination assembly offers energy efficiency performance via the solar control interlayer, and the Vanceva Grey coloured PVB interlayer gives the façade a neutral and modern appearance. In selecting Grey, the architect wanted to eliminate any greenish colour effect which is common in glass due to the iron oxide content, with the added benefit of controlling light transmittance into the building. With a challenging geometry of tight radii and large sizes, this laminated curved glass façade packs a punch with a strong visual impact and high performance interlayers.