MULTIFUNCTIONAL CENTRE KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN

URBAN-ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION Kaohsiung City / Taiwan / 2010

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Symbolism


This proposal is to create a new icon for Kaohsiung. A city of the future, a city which will become a new Asian centre of culture and which is a symbol of a democratic and free society of the 21st century. We have designed a building, surrounded by
a boat lagoon, a long rounded structure following the site’s arch-like layout. A snake - serpent which winds along the shore and welcomes not just incoming boats. With open arms to welcome new arrivals. The white sides of the horizontal boards layered together are reference to boat decks. A silk ribbon (silk path) floating above the Love River mouth to the ocean. A BRIDGE uniting both embankments, the east and west embankment. It symbolises the union of Eastern and Western principles, a union
of tradition and the future. An open, transparent structure symbolising an open and free political democracy. The expressive form of the snake also speaks of the dynamically developing Taiwanese economy and prosperity, of the importance of Kaohsiung on the cultural and economic map of the world. The design demonstrates that a symbiosis of traditional culture with the dynamically changing global world brings a new quality of open thinking and global connections to the life of the citizens of Kaohsiung and all those who come here. The snake brings unity, protects the entrance to the city and its gentle curve in the Kaohsiung bay lovingly escorts citizens and visitors to the city.


Design & context of the site


The design is a sensitive response to the context of the city of Kaohsiung, which prides itself on the unique mix of surrounding hills, the ocean, rivers and the harbour. We are creating a new complex based on a mix of global design, the latest high-tech technology, local traditions and principles. A mix of the traditional and Western lifestyles. A harmony of tradition and future. The design of the proposed complex arises from the topography of the site: the arch symbolises a welcoming embrace and the gate to New Kaohsiung. The expressive, dynamic yet harmonious, even calm forms integrate the whole complex with the harbour. The graceful and undulating curves of the decks make reference to the movements of the boats arriving and leaving the harbour. The cultural and social centre with its upright head facing into the future to come, just as for New Kaohsiung, represents its future-facing direction. The building gives a new face to the harbour.

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    Symbolism This proposal is to create a new icon for Kaohsiung. A city of the future, a city which will become a new Asian centre of culture and which is a symbol of a democratic and free society of the 21st century. We have designed a building, surrounded bya boat lagoon, a long rounded structure following the site’s arch-like layout. A snake - serpent which winds along the shore and welcomes not just incoming boats. With open arms to welcome new arrivals. The white sides of the...

    Project details
    • Year 2010
    • Main structure Reinforced concrete
    • Status Unrealised proposals
    • Type Public Squares / Waterfront / Colleges & Universities / Theatres / Concert Halls / Libraries / Conference Centres / Pavilions / Exhibition Design / Shopping Malls / Showrooms/Shops / Bars/Cafés / Pubs/Wineries / Restaurants / Art Galleries / River and coastal redevelopment / Marinas / Passenger Terminals / Book shops
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