TAIPEI – Construction of OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center has begun.

Scheduled to open 2015, the center – which is meant to be a true innovation in theater design – will bring the world’s attention to Taiwan’s capital. The building aims to transcend the conservative limits typically imposed on theatrical spaces.

‘TPAC takes the opposite approach: experimentation in the internal workings of the theater, producing (without being conceived as such) the external presence of an icon,’ says architect Rem Koolhaas of OMA.

TPAC will hold one 1,500-seat theatre and two 800-seat theatres plugged into a central corrugated glass cube. This will allow the two stages to merge, forming a 100m-long stage to accommodate the most experimental performances.

The solid volumes of the auditoria will float above the bustling downtown district of Taipei, bringing theater into people’s everyday lives.

Renderings courtesy of OMA