Performing Arts Complex

Architects : AQSO arquitectos office

Year: 2012 Location: Kaoshiung ,Taiwan. Area: 70.900 m2

This Performing Art Complex is a stunning project dedicated to the promotion of Pop Music. Arising along the charming waterfront of Kaohsiung, its formal arrangement helps it become one with the landscape. This complex is organized around the port of Kaohsiung (Taiwan). The plot’s distribution outlines a characteristic scheme in which the buildings, grouped according to their functions, are embraced along the U-shaped harbour. A pedestrian walkway connects these clusters, which rise as elements of the marine landscape, always facing the sea.

The program divides into three main functions: a research centre, a series of auditoriums and a marina. The first group is located on the West side of the complex, across the mouth of the river. It comprises lecture rooms, recording studios and art galleries, as well as a complementary area for outdoor concerts.

The central section of the complex hosts the group of auditoriums. Its dominant position is linked to the dense urban fabric behind. Each auditorium is conceived as a separate building, accessible with a dual circulation: one that connects the whole site along the perimeter, and the one that allows an access from the city, through several radial streets.

The southern part of the complex is occupied by several facilities, exhibition halls and an administrative area. The character of the dock is emphasised with a small quay as well as restaurants, bars and other places for entertainment.

The project is conceived as a fusion with the urban and marine landscape; a continuous skin permeable to the city and the waterfront. Each building is topped by an undulating roof, and enclosed by structural louvers and groups of vegetation.