Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of New Taipei Museum of Arts

A great city must have an art museum: New Taipei City Mayor Chu

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The New Taipei Museum of Arts holds a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 4 in the Yingge District (Source: New Taipei City Government)

The New Taipei Museum of Arts holds a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 4 in the Yingge District (Source: New Taipei City Government)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The New Taipei Museum of Arts (NTMOA) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday in the Yingge District. It is scheduled to open at the end of 2022.

“A great city must have an art museum”, said New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) at the ceremony. He anticipates that the museum, with the Yingge Ceramics Museum in proximity and a new MRT line that will be completed in 2023, will further contribute to the development of cultural activities and tourism in the north of Taiwan.

NTMOA is a combination of innovation and design which integrates harmoniously into the surrounding environment, said Chu.

The 2.5-hectare NTMOA is designed by renowned Taiwanese architect Kris Yao (姚仁喜), who took inspiration from the vast common reeds growing along the waterside of the Dahan River near the museum, and came out with the design of numerous uneven tubes covering the museum building.

In addition, the outdoor space outside the museum resembles different layers of river beds where cultural activities will take place and artworks will be placed.

The museum, with a total floor plan measured at 32,397 square meters, comprises eight floors above the ground and three underground. It consists of exhibition rooms, an auditorium, children’s art space, and collection warehouse, among several other facilities, according to the New Taipei City Cultural Affairs Bureau.

After five years of preparation and seven unsuccessful bids, NTMOA is finally under construction. It is also the first public project in recent years conducted by a domestic architect firm without partnering with a foreign one.

► (Screen capture from KRIS YAO | ARTECH)