Open Access Research Article

Brutalist Architecture in Taiwan, 1960–1970

Shin Hung Pan1* and Chih Ming Shih2

1Department of Architecture, Ph.D. Student, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

2Department of Architecture, Professor, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Corresponding Author

Received Date: March 21, 2020;  Published Date: April 03, 2020


In this paper we discuss the origins and development of the brutalist architecture in Taiwan during the 1960s. It provides a detailed survey of an important yet little known chapter in the development of post-war modernist architecture in Taiwan.

Based on the architectonic analysis, the buildings built in the brutalist style in Taiwan during the 1960s can be divided into two categories: concrete expressionism and concrete structuralism. In addition, it was found that there were two main sources for the introduction of brutalist architecture into Taiwan: the public works projects of the Japanese colonial government; American economic assistance and Western missionary activity during the post-war period.

Keywords: Brutalist architecture; Concrete expressionism; Concrete structuralism

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