A multi-faced design has clinched Spanish architecture firm MADE IN
the bid for Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s design of their new Maritime Cultural
& Pop Music Center after competing with other firms in an
MADE IN’s design is built along a bay with zones catering to a myriad
of uses. The architects sought to create a design that did more than
provide a venue for concerts and events. They wanted a complex that
could be used every day by citizens of Kaohsiung.
The Center is split up into zones along a bay, with each
accommodating different uses. In Zone 1, for example, there is an
outdoor performance area that can hold up to 12,000 people, a
performance hall that can hold 5,000, and a music exhibit area that
fills two towers, which are 113 and 83 meters tall.
A "night market” and promenade in Zone 2 speaks to the complex’s use
by residents every day, and in Zone 3, access to the area as a whole is
granted with a ferry stop. Zone 3 also features streets created to
attract shoppers with galleries, gardens and a bike and pedestrian path.
In all, the complex will take up 11 waterfront hectares; there will
be 80,000 meters of built space, and 20,000 square meters of open,
public space. The budget for the project is $100 million Euros.