Earlier this month, Red Dot organized the "Formosa Forms: Contemporary Tradition in Taiwanese Design" exhibit at Paris' Maison & Objet. But the design-award-conferring organization is apparently very displeased with their own museum in Taiwan's capital. "At the moment, the situation of the Red Dot Design Museum Taipei is by far the worst of any of our other exhibition spaces worldwide," said Peter Zec, Red Dot founder and CEO, in statement.
To be fair to Taipei, an optimist might say they're in third place; there are only two other Red Dot museums worldwide, the original in Germany and the other in Singapore. But to be fair to Red Dot, the Taipei location is in horrific condition. According to the Focus Taiwan News Channel, Zec's complaints have to do with "the poor quality of the venue at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park:"
…The construction of the nearby Taipei Dome has created cracks in the museum walls, leakage problems, uneven floors and excessive noise.
Cracked floor Standing water Water damage
Five of its displays have even been damaged as a result [and the organization] has complained about the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs' failure to conduct repairs.
"This is especially remarkable," said Zec, "in the prelude of Taipei being World Design Capital." Taipei is due to don the title in 2016; and as the China Post reported in 2013, they were the only city to actually submit a bid.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je says that the construction company behind the Taipei Dome should pay for the repairs. That company, the Farglory Group, says they will survey the site and pay for the repairs—if they deem themselves the culprit.