This new museum incorporates the important archeological research and results of the excavations done in Taiwan and presents a comprehensive story of the island’s prehistoric cultures for the first time.
Since the archeological record is incomplete, the museum was reluctant to link existing Aboriginal with all prehistoric cultures and they desired an interpretive and physical separation in the layout. The challenge was to cover all the archeological work in Taiwan with limited resources and material while allowing for future expansion and incorporation of new artifacts and information.
The designers created a fluid connection between the contemporary Aboriginal cultures and certain prehistoric cultures of Taiwan, erasing many of the planned walls between the academically separated galleries.
White tableaux figures for prehistoric peoples and white “fill” to complete/form the pottery shards into vessels for display and provide a level of “finish” for the ornamental artifacts. Taiwan’s geography is projected onto large video screens, below which the imaged, recreated figures go about their daily lives – fishing, making pottery, cooking – as pieced together from archeological evidence.
Design Team, Design CompetitionProfessor Randall White of New York University, Phillip Tefft, Cheryl Filsinger, Eli Kuslansky, Joel Hoffman, Enid deGraciaMasterplanningScott Simeral, Evelyn Reilly, Don MacKinnonImplementationDeborah Wolff (Project Administrator); Douglas Balder (Project Manager), Simon Chang (Construction Administrator), Colby Wang (Project Designer), Michelle Solenberger (Project Designer), Victoria Klycharev (Project Designer), Jeremy Davis (Project Designer), Joyce Wang (Senior Graphic Designer/Translator/Construction Administrator), Hsin-yi Hsu (Graphic Designer), Tai-shun Lee (Graphic Designer), Miranda Smith (Content Developer), Tung-hsiao Chou (Content Coordinator/Translator), Shu-chun Huang (Content Coordinator/Translator), Sylvia Juran (Editor)
Ralph Appelbaum Associates
Electrosonic Systems, Inc., Toronto, ONT, Canada (Audio-Visual Systems); Lee and Lee Communications, Inc. (Interactive Media); H.M. Brandston & Partners, Inc., New York, NY (Lighting); Severud Associates Consulting Engineers, P.C., New York, NY (Structural Engineering); Michael Graves, Princeton, NJ (Design Architect)
Megatrend Engineering & Construction Corporation, Taiwan, ROC; United Task Marketing, Inc., Taiwan, ROC