Taipei Performing Arts Centre

  • Three theatres plug into a central cube containing all backstage areas.
  • A design expected to add to Taipei’s image as an international cultural hub.
  • Striking resemblance to a traditional Chinese wood block puzzle.

This 50,000m² complex consists of a 1,500-seat Grand Theatre, an 800-seat Multiform Theatre and an 800-seat Proscenium Playhouse. The design is inspired by a traditional Chinese wood block puzzle.

The three auditoria plug into a compact central cube that contains backstage areas, foyers, front-of-house and support facilities. This enables the theatres to be used independently or in combination with each other.

The acoustics, scenography and lighting systems are designed for performances ranging from classical Chinese opera to modern dance and rock concerts.

The main seating areas cantilever outside the central cube, supported by props. A public path inside the cube exposes parts of the backstage areas that would be hidden in typical theatres.

Arup worked with OMA Architects to design the project throughout all stages with advice on structure, mechanicalelectrical and public health engineeringbuilding physics and fire engineering.

Upon opening the centre will facilitate the development of local performing arts groups and add to Taipei’s image as an international cultural hub.


  • Taipei Performing Arts Centre is under construction

    The Taipei Performing Arts Centre consists of three theatres that plug into a central cube.

  • The 'ball structure' of Taipei Performing Arts CentreOpen gallery

    TPAC topped out in 2014, two years after breaking ground.