Mega Kaohsiung arts complex design reflects maritime ties

China | 6 Nov 2018 12:50 pm

Taiwan's National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo, houses a 1,981-seat concert hall, a 2,236-seat opera house, a play house and a recital hall under a single roof covering 3.3 hectares. The center, which opened last month, was built over eight years at a cost of US$350 million on the site of a former military barracks in Kaohsiung, a southern city of about 2.8 million people. The design reflects the port city’s tropical location and maritime links. It includes an undulating white roof and a large public space with hoists and other cargo ship features.

The concert hall has the biggest pipe organ in Asia with 9,085 pipes. Built by a German manufacturer, its asymmetric design recalls bamboo.

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