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Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts

Kaohsiung is one of the world’s larges sea harbours with five million people living in the region. A high speed train line connects the city with Taiwan’s capital, Taipei. The harbour city of Kaohsiung wants to change into a multifaceted city with a state-of-the-art service industry and a rich cultural life.

As a result, a new metro system is to come online in 2009 and in the Wei-Wu-Ying Metropolitan Park, a former military compound of 65 ha., a grand complex for concerts, opera and theatre is being realised. The programme consists of a concert hall with 2000 seats, an opera house with 2250 seats, a theatre hall with 1250 seats and a Recital Hall with 500 seats.

An international competition was organised for the design of the park and the performing arts center. There is hardly any misunderstanding with regard to the ambitions of this project; the park and the arts complex must, with one gesture, give Kaohsiung another face.

An international jury chose the design of Mecanoo because of its great imagination, one-ness of the arts center with the park, modern theatre techniques and incorporation of the subtropical climate.

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Status: Under Construction
Location: Kaohsiung, TW
Additional Credits: programme
Theatre complex of 141,000 m2 in the Wei-Wu-Ying Metropolitan Park with a total capacity of 6,000 seats: Concert Hall 2000 seats, Opera House 2260 seats, Playhouse 1254 seats, Recital Hall 470 seats, public library of 800 m2, rehearsal/education halls for music and dance, 2 congress halls with 100 and 200 chairs and stage building workshops

Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA), Taiwan

project address
Zhōngzhèng 1st Rd 7, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2006 -2009

2010 -2015

2008, 1st prize Cityscape Architectural Award
Cityscape Dubai

2009, 3rd prize International Design Award
IDA Los Angeles
urban planning

2009, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2009
Chicago Athenaeum Europe


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