NTCRI Taipei Branch
Did You Know That … ?
- The Taipei Branch of the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute is the organizer of the annual National Crafts Achievement Award (工藝成就獎), the highest honor in the crafts field of Taiwan.
- The Taipei Branch also holds an annual crafts competition for local artists, in which the winning works are sent on a nationwide tour and entered into international competitions.
- DIY workshops on subjects such as pottery making, jewelry, enamel crafts, metalwork, bamboo weaving, and varnish are available year round at the NTCRI Taipei Branch. Sign up here.
Read more about the crafts center here or scroll down for photographs.
First established as the National Taiwan Science Center in 1958, the palatial building represented the continuity of Chinese-constituted authority and its modern education system.
Designed by the late architect Lu Yu-chun (盧毓駿), the complex boasts tented roofs and three-layered, peacock-green glazed spheres resembling that of the Temple of Heaven (祈年殿) in Beijing.
In 2007, the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute based in Nantou County proposed to restore the monument and use it as a crafts center in Taipei.
After extensive renovations, the NTCRI Taipei Branch reopened in December 2015. Comprising seven floors and an attic, the complex now offers exhibition venues, workshops, studios, a library, conference rooms, and a social lounge with food and drinks.
The NTCRI Taipei Branch also complements the existing arts and cultural facilities along Nanhai Road, strengthening the position of the region touted as "Nanhai Academy" for cultural leisure and tourism.