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The city of Tainan plans to build a fine arts museum at the site of a former police station

Tainan's former police station

The city government of Tainan in southern Taiwan has announced plans to build a fine arts museum. Municipal officials have launched an international competition to find an architect for the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts, which has a budget of TWD$1,780m ($59m); the winning commission is due to be announced 5 September.

The UK magazine Architects’ Journal reports that the museum will occupy the site of Tainan’s former police station and a public plaza close to the city’s Confucius Temple. The 26,400 sq. m space will include at least three exhibition areas, education offices and a warehouse for storing works.

The museum aims to “create a platform for connecting international art with art from Tainan”, say the organisers of the architectural competition. The official website of the Tainan city government says that the city “possesses the largest number of cultural treasures in Taiwan which have been accumulated over many years”.

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