The Spanish architecture firm MADE IN have won the Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center International Competition in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. You can see more images and architect’s description after the break.
This project proposes a responsible urbanism based on the heterogeneity of the program, on the urban porosity and on the adaptability to the different situations and events.
We didn´t want an intervention that was working only in moments of concerts and festivals, we wanted a fabric that was forming a part of the day after day of the city offering daily spaces to the habitants of Kaohsiung.
The project develops along a bay in an extension of more than 11 hectares, meeting different situations of contour, which do that the action divides in three differentiated zones:
- Zone 1: in this zone there is articulated the Outdoor Performance Area (for 12 000 persons) the Large Performance Hall (5000) and the Pop Music Exhibit Area that is a continuous element that finished off by two towers, one of 113 meters of height and the other one of 83 meters.
- Zone 2: in this area we implement the stipulated program by the organization placing a night market, who supposes the form of leisure most extended in Taiwan, and that guarantees the activity in the bay during every day of the year. The Marine Culture exhibit area goes through this zone to 6 meters of heights, and is conceived as a “promenade” between the different pavilions and with the sea always present in the skyline.
- Zone 3: this zone of longitudinal character connect to two important poles of attraction, the new station of ferrys in the southern part, and the new night market in the northern part. In this area, we create different streets: a gallery covered with cultural activity, from which you access to 8 Small Performance Halls (200-400 persons), a maritime walk to level +8 that has a different gardens of water, and a great walk of 10 meters rail bicycle.
The symbolic nature of this project isn´t in the fact that the towers could look like a waves, or that the intervention remember a seascape,no, we want that the project gets this character for the use that the people of Kaohsiung does of him, and for how the projects gradually gradually is incorporated in to the city as a place full of life and of possibilities of use and enjoyment.
Architects: MADE IN Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan Principal Core: Manuel Álvarez-Monteserin, Beatriz Pachón, Antonio Alejandro, Javier Simó, Lain Satrustegui, Antonio Corona, Arsenio P. Amaral, Guiomar Contreras, Sara Pérez, Andrés Infantes, Jorge López Second Phase Incorporations: Maria Mallo, Teresa Santás, Ignacio Álvarez-Monteserín, Jaime López, Angel J. Abruña, Javier Gutierrez, Beatriz Crespo, Laura Martín, Alicia Domingo Medrano, Ismael García Abad, Luis Marcos Nieto, Pablo Salvador, Javier Aguirre Surface: 80,000 square meters, plus 20,000 square meters of open air public space Budget: 100 millions of euros(€) Programe: Interior auditorium (3500 seats), exterior auditorium (12,000 seats), Eight small auditoriums (150 to 400 seats), A Maritimal museum, a Music museum, and a comercial area of (20,000 m2) Images: Courtesy of MADE IN