A Base Isolated Theatre Complex: The Structural Design of Taipei Performing Arts Center
Speaker: Chas Pope, Associate Principal, Arup
Date: 18 January 2024, Thursday
Time: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm (Entry at Arup)
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm (Talk)
Venue: 1. Arup, level 5, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue and;

2. Zoom (the link for joining the webinar will be emailed to you after registration deadline if the registration is approved)


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Quota: 50 (physical) and 300 (online)


Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is a major new performing arts facility for Taiwan which comprises three theatres plugging into and projecting from a central Cube, allowing performing spaces to be combined for new theatrical possibilities. The structural concept for the competition-winning OMA design turns the skin of the Cube into the main gravity and lateral load carrying system, freeing up the interior for flexible theatre planning. The building is base isolated to maximise resilience; this reduces seismic forces by over 60%, simplifying detailing and reducing member sizes; it was the first use of Friction Pendulum bearings in Taiwan.


About the Speaker:
Chas Pope is an Associate Principal at Arup. He has been working for the firm since 1998 in London, Beijing and Singapore, where he is currently working as one of the lead designers for Terminal 5 at Changi Airport. Other key projects include the award-winning CCTV New Headquarters and World Financial Centre in Beijing, Shenzhen Stock Exchange and MahaNakhon in Bangkok. Chas was lead structural engineer for TPAC, working with engineers based in Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei and Los Angeles.


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