25 Sep TAIWAN’S ACTIVITY CENTER RECEIVES LARGEST INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AWARD
TAIWAN’S ACTIVITY CENTER RECEIVES LARGEST INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AWARD
This year, IMO’s Xiafu Activity Center was selected as Architizer’s A+ Jury Award in the Colour and Architecture category. With over 5,000 entries annually to the program, Architizer’s A+ Awards are the largest and among the most prestigious issued in the world. This year’s Architecture & Design Jury was paneled by such luminaries as Bjarke Ingels (Founding Principal of BIG), Jeanne Gang (Founding Principal of Studio Gang Architects) and Mónica Ponce de León (Dean at Princeton University School of Architecture) as well as many others, who together selected IMO’s Xiafu Activity Center as the 2019 A+ Jury Award Winner for the Colour + Architecture category.
The Activity Center, completed in 2017 and located in New Taipei City, Linkou, was commissioned to give local community members a place to come together for cultural gatherings and events. IMO’s design challenges conventional notions of what an Activity center can and should be, translating the adjacent Hongfu Gong temple’s traditional design language into the now iconic colourful colonnade and sweeping roofline that have made it so famous on social media sites. These elements combine in sum to appeal to multitude of generations, creating an important intersection point between Taiwan’s important traditional culture and the youth of the next generation as more and more travel from outside the community to visit the site.