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


Featured Architect: MAD Architects

Architecture | June 13, 2020

Founded by Chinese architect Ma Yansong in 2004, MAD Architects is a global architecture firm committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of the Eastern affinity for nature. With its core design philosophy of Shanshui City - a vision for the city of the future based in the spiritual and emotional needs of residents - MAD endeavors to create a balance between humanity, the city, and the environment. Read more


ICÔNE BY FOSTER+PARTNERS

Architecture | June 12, 2020

ICÔNE, a new office complex in Belval Luxembourg designed by Foster + Partners has broken ground. The 18,800 square-metre office building, filled with light and greenery, encourages a spirit of co-creation and collaboration. Its flexible layout addresses the need for safe working environments and the changes to the workplace that will emerge in the future. It also references the rich industrial heritage of Belval, revitalising the area by making a positive contribution to the site and its surroundings. Read more


STODISTANTE BY CARET STUDIO

Architecture | May 24, 2020

StoDistante is a reflection on the new forms of social distancing imposed during the spread of the Covid-19 emergency. The project developed by Caret Studio is intended as a temporary solution for a conscious use of Vicchio’s Piazza Giotto under Italy’s current safety measures. Stodistante is conceived as a platform for citizens to reclaim and reactivate open spaces through the hosting of a series of initiatives as rules are relaxed in the coming weeks. Read more


SOUTHBANK BY BEULAH – UNSTUDIO…

Architecture | May 18, 2020

The design proposal by UNStudio with Cox Architecture for Southbank by Beulah aims to establish a new destination for the Southbank area and Melbourne. The project is integrally organised by one Big Detail: a Green Spine of vertically networked platforms, terraces and verandas. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!