The central and direct goal of the Kaohsiung Marine Culture and Pop Music Center competition, hosted by the municipal government of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was to highlight the unique character of Kaohsiung City while satisfying the needs of the local people, the industries and future trends. This was to be achieved by focusing the design and planning on the cultural assets of the city, the specific conditions of the project site and the characteristics of the pop music and marine culture industries – the design program required two live music venues, coupled with a maritime museum.
Studio Gang’s design proposal employed the concept of the “knot” on various levels. Tubular structure of the building houses maritime museum and the rest of the program is organized in a series of strands. They are wrapped around the two main performance venues – the indoor and outdoor, while articulating them as nicely shaped voids. Due to building’s organization, it is possible to explore each program both independently or in sequence, or to experience the overlapping events all at once.
The project activates the entire harbor as a space for urban performance, while the space for consumers – shops, bars and music clubs tie the development into the city’s busy network of commercial places. The project is also tethered directly to the harbor and the city to capitalize on the energy and activity of Kaohsiung. The proposed bridge can be transformed into a huge floating grandstand, and together with other water elements it makes central place of attraction.
Studio Gang’s proposal was shortlisted.