- Kaohsiung City, Taiwan | 2010
- Marine Culture and Pop Music Center
- Size: 1,453,140 sf GFA
- Type: Cultural
- Concept: Framing a new center with an iconic identity
The ambition to provoke urban change can be understood as a desire to create a marine culture and pop music center that highlights the unique character of Kaohsiung city. We envision this reality as coherent blend through an architectural landscape anchored by iconic venues that will satisfy the needs of locals, the industries and future trends. The importance of the perimeter urban fabric created by the buildings that surround the bay have prompted us to propose a plan that celebrates that existing reality and does not block its perception from the bay.
Both the music box and the landmark tower have been treated as two large iconic elements, that will frame the new center and provide the entire bay with a renewed and iconic identity. The volumes have been treated similarly to express intent of unison through the use of a double skin structural system. The structure resonates with the industrial, mercantile reality that surrounds the bay while offering a new expression of its engineering as a new symbol for Kaohsiung.The music box performance hall and the outdoor performance area complement one another: supporting the diversity of the Tai-Pop industry, the performance halls will also serve the televised entertainment industry while also welcoming events from classic theater. This state of the art venue has every opportunity to become a crown jewel for East Asian music and entertainment industry, with the capability to adapt to varying audience and event sizes.