Covering an area of 26,400 square metres, the project envisions an assortment of indoor and outdoor spaces, sheltered beneath a large pentagonal roof canopy.
Beneath the canopy lies the museum, which comprises a series of terraced rectangular volumes, several of which are cloaked in greenery as an extension of the adjacent park. The planted green terraces also help provide shading and communal gathering space.
The use of indoor and outdoor spaces promotes natural ventilation while glass shutters can slide up and overhead to fully open the gallery space to the outdoors. To filter in natural light and create a cool microclimate, the pentagon-shaped roof is punctuated by a pattern of fractal openings oriented to the east, south, and west. Rainwater is also harvested from the roof and recycled as toilet-flushing water and irrigation water.
The project will also accommodate exhibition galleries, archive facilities, educational areas, shops and restaurants, as well as landscaping that includes an outdoor sculpture park, a water fountain and a children's playground.
Shigeru Ban hopes to promote the development of Taiwan’s emerging cultural significance which they project will serve as a platform to encourage research and understanding on the themes of art, literature and history.