It’s almost strange to state that the format of the above competition is a departure from the recent trend toward invited competitions in Taiwan. But competition adviser Barry Cheng administered an open, two-stage international competition, which recently ended with the top two places going to well-known U.S.-based firms: Morphosis (Los Angeles) and Leers Weinzapfel (Boston).



After the initial stage of the competition, five teams for shortlisted for the second stage with results:

1st Prize (US$ 130,000)
Morphosis (Thom Mayne), Los Angeles
2nd Prize (US$ 66,000)
Leers Weinzapfel (Andrea Leers & Jane Weinzapfel), Boston, MA
3rd Prize (US$ 33,000)
Marine Environment and Engineering Institute

National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
Merit Award (US$ 16,000)
Ressano Garcia Architect/Pedro Ressano Garcia
Merit Award (US$ 16,000)
Sung Goo Yang, (Korea/U.S.)


The challenge was to design a gas-powered plant that would be in harmony with the surrounding historical district.

The seven person jury included two non-Taiwanese architects,
• Marcos Cruz, Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London
• Charles Waldheim, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard GSD