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Taichung Metropolitan Opera: Toyo Ito

March 25, 2010

Toyo Ito Studio Illustrations of the Taichung Metropolitan Opera.

Structure: The main structure will be formed with several connecting curved walls, inlaid floors,
inlaid interior and exterior walls, and a core service wall. The curved wall structure will
be formed with 58 curved wall units, creating many complications in building steel bar
reinforcements and steel trusses. The construction technique is the first of its kind in the
world of architecture.

Construction Technique: Shotcrete : The structural system is developed together with the construction method to realize the freeform geometry in rational and efficient manner using shotcrete (spray concrete). It is commonly utilized for tunnel construction and suitable for curved surface. It can be shot horizontally or vertically.

Between the temporary steel work,expanded metal mesh is expanded metal mesh spans between the temporary steelwork to act as faceted formwork.

Expanded information here.

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