Dutch architecture studio MVRDV, in collaboration with JJP Architects & Planners, have unveiled their stunning vision for a new art museum in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Placing third in an international competition, the design was inspired by Taoyuan's history as the “city of the peach.”
In over 29,000 square meters (300,000 square feet), the sprawling complex is comprised of different sections to give new value to the landscape, including a nearby river. The museum, covered in a pink-hued aluminum, is composed of interconnected structures shaped like peach blossoms, their petals providing shade to visitors. Cherry and peach trees dot different terraces, harkening back to the city's origins and providing the area with color and fragrance.
“These flower-like figures appear in the park and form a new identity for the park. A pinkish aluminum façade will be implemented throughout giving a strong and beautiful character to the site,” writes MVRDV. “The roof terraces with peach trees create overviews and add on to the green qualities of the buildings and the park.”
Project partners TOPOTEK1, who created the landscape design, have taken Taoyuan's proximity to the ocean to heart, creating space for water features to cool visitors in the warm summer months and provide moments of relaxation in a lush setting filled with plant life. “Taoyuan Museum of Art and its surrounding landscape becomes a true cultural destination with a park that turns the area into a kind of cherry room for the city.”
While we won't get to see the real-life version of the museum just yet, the project renderings have us wishing that more museums adopted colorful exteriors. Just looking at the pink-tinged environment has us dreaming of peach and cherry blossoms.