The Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam has designed the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan with three theatres. The building is designed as a glass cube of about 50 m high with a floor space of 40,000 m2. The three theatres cantilever as solid masses from this cube. The architect wants to create the image of a theatrical machine: an engine with its components. On top of the building, small outdoor performances take place on an open air terrace with a bar, accessible through a 'public loop'.
The Grand Theatre with an angled floor and the Multiform Theatre with a flat floor, are located on the same floor level. The back stage areas are divided by movable partitions, the opening stage (the proscenium) can be entirely removed. The two theatres can be connected by removing the movable partition walls between the back stages, creating a super theatre.
The Grand Theatre will be used for drama and opera. Both types of performances require other acoustics. This was solved by designing a movable ceiling. Opening parts of the ceiling increases the volume and with that also the reverberation time increases.
The Proscenium Theatre Spherical Play House is less flexible and is designed for traditional theatre.
Double window and wall constructions were designed to prevent unwanted noise and vibrations caused by the public entering the theatres.
The final design was finished in 2011. Royal HaskoningDHV will remain involved in the background to monitor the acoustic concept.