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Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts
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DESIGNER
 
 
Mecanoo
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DESCRIPTION
 
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Mecanoo Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts Kaohsiung TaiwanThe Wei-Wu-Ying Metropolitan Park, the site of a former military complex, is the location for the new Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts of Taiwan. The complex features a concert hall, an opera house, a theatre, a recital hall, and a large outdoor seating area. Hosting a total of 6,000 seats and the most technologically advanced theatre facilities, the new cultural complex will draw world class performing artists and theatre companies.

The Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts will become the new icon of the city of Kaohsiung, the largest harbour city of Taiwan and one of the largest harbour cities in the world with 1.5 million inhabitants. By building the Center for the Arts, the city will symbolize its evolution from a harbour city to a modern cultural city. The high-speed train between Taipei and Kaohsiung was completed recently and the new city metro system is slated for completion within two years. The surrounding 65 hectare park is an integral part of the design brief.

Francine Houben, director of Mecanoo architecten, presented the winning competition design to an international jury of architects, theatre specialists and impresarios. Mecanoo’s design was unanimously selected because of the building’s strength in expression, the integration of the complex with the park, efficient logistical planning, advanced theatre design and facility techniques and the building design’s response to the subtropical climate of the city of Kaohsiung.
Banyan Trees
Mecanoo Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts Kaohsiung TaiwanAn important source of inspiration for Mecanoo’s building design were the existing centuries-old banyan trees on location. The Banyan tree is one of the world’s largest trees. The crown of the Banyan tree can grow so wide that according to legend, Alexander the Great took shelter underneath it with his entire army.

Mecanoo’s building complex is 225 metres wide and 160 metres deep. Because of the openings in the roof, the passageways and open spaces, an almost porous building is created in which interior and exterior blur. The partially grass and plant covered roof creates natural and efficient building cooling in the subtropical climate. The large roof also provides an informal public space where the city residents can stroll, practice Tai Chi, mediate or just relax.

Inspired by ancient Greek theatre, outdoor seating space was designed on the roof complex at the point where the roof dips to the ground. The surrounding park in turn becomes an informal stage.
Merge
Mecanoo Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts Kaohsiung TaiwanMecanoo designed the surrounding park with light slopes, valleys and water pools creating intimate public spaces varying in size, scale and proportion. Meandering paths lead to a botanical garden, a bamboo grove, a playground, a tea pavilion and a butterfly garden. The park design is a logical continuation of the theater complex with its public open spaces and roofscape. Building and landscape merge naturally, forming a unified whole.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
Taiwan [Chungua MinKuo]
Region
Southern Taiwan
Town
Kaohsiung
Address
Sānduō 1st Rd (Wei-Wu-Ying Metropolitan Park)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
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ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for recreational activities
Auditoriums and music centres
Theatres

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Public parks
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ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Libraries and media libraries
Conference halls
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2006 - 2009     project winner of competition
Realisation
2010 - 2016
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AWARDS
 
2009
Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award
2008
Cityscape Architectural Award
Cityscape Dubai
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Andrew Yang, "National Performing Arts Center. Mecanoo", Architectural Record 3/2008, march 2008, p. 41
Rob Gregory, "Performing art: Mecanoo win in Taiwan", Architectural Review 1323, may 2007, p. 31
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CLIENT
 
 
Preparatory Office of The Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts of the Council for Cultural Affairs
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
total sq.m. 141,000

public library sq.m. 800
rehearsal/education halls for music and dance sq.m. 1,000
Capacity
Concert Hall 2,000 seats
Opera House 2,250 seats
Playhouse 1,250 seats
Recital Hall 500 seats
Number
2 conference halls with 100 and 200 seats
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Supertech
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Mecanoo
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STAFF
 
Architect of record
Archasia Design Group, Taipei, Taiwan
Mechanical engineer
Yuan Tai, Taipei, Taiwan
Electrical engineer
Heng Kai, Taipei, Taiwan
Acoustical consultant
Xu Acoustique, Paris, France
Theatre consultant
Theateradvies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Yi Tai, Taipei, Taiwan
Lighting design
CWI lighting, Taipei, Taiwan
Consultant
Oliver Latry, Paris, France
Roofs consultant
CDC, Taipei, Taiwan
Facades consultant
CDC, Taipei, Taiwan
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CREDITS
 
 
Images © Mecanoo
Text edited by Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

Mecanoo Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts Khaosiung Taiwan


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