The Wei-Wu-Ying Centre for the Arts by Mecanoo Architects | ITSLIQUID

The Wei-Wu-Ying Centre for the Arts by Mecanoo Architects

Architecture | November 19, 2014 |

MecanooImage courtesy of Mecanoo

The Wei-Wu-Ying Centre for the Arts by Mecanoo Architects

The Wei-Wu-Ying Centre for the Arts symbolizes the transformation of Kaohsiung, once a major international harbour, into a modern, diverse city with a rich cultural climate. Mecanoo designed Wei-Wu-Ying, located on a former military terrain, as an integral part of the adjacent subtropical park to have a positive social impact on the residents of Kaohsiung whose population counts almost 3 million.

MecanooImage courtesy of Mecanoo

Inspired by the local Banyan trees with their iconic crowns, the vast, undulating structure is composed of a skin and roof, and connects an extensive range of functions. The curved steel structure was built in cooperation between a local and a Dutch shipbuilder. Underneath this roof is Banyan Plaza, a generous, sheltered public space.

MecanooImage courtesy of Mecanoo

Residents can wander through here day and night, practice Tai Chi or stage street performances along walkways and in informal spaces.An open-air theatre nestles on the roof where the structure curves to the ground, with the surrounding park forming the stage. Designed with the subtropical climate in mind, the open structure allows the wind to blow freely through Banyan Plaza. The seamless flow between interior and exterior creates opportunities for crossovers between formal and informal performances.

MecanooImage courtesy of Mecanoo

Different theatres such as the 2000-seat concert hall and 2250-seat opera hall are located in the five cores or “legs” of the building where the structure meets the ground. The cores connect with one another via foyers in the roof and an underground service floor which houses the backstage area of each theatre.

more. www.mecanoo.nl

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


National Museum of Energy and…

Architecture | January 19, 2021

he MUNET (National Museum of Energy and Technology) is one of the most important institutions created in Mexico in the last 50 years. A project by the Federal Government, the building is situated in the heart of Mexico City's most important park-the Bosque de Chapultepec. Read more


Business Bay by Jacobs

Architecture | January 6, 2021

When Dubai Properties decided to create a globally recognized center of commerce in an underused area of Dubai - one that could stand out against the region's rocketing skyline of mega developments - they partnered with Jacobs for help. Together, we created exciting, innovative and practical solutions to complex planning challenges and development opportunities, securing Business Bay's standing as a visionary city center and leading financial capital of the world. Read more


Apple Marina Bay Sands by…

Architecture | January 4, 2021

Apple Marina Bay Sands is set to be a distinctive presence on the bay, with a 30-metre diameter dome that is a contemporary interpretation of the geodesic dome, using minimal material to enclose the maximum space. Imagined as a clear bubble in the water, it references the sister pavilion through its materiality and site. Read more


Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Architecture | December 29, 2020

Called America's Best Amphitheatre by Rolling Stone, more than a million concert-goers and outdoor enthusiasts visit Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre each year. As the only naturally-occurring, acoustically-perfect amphitheatre in the world, the venue is listed as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service and Department of the Interior. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!