kubota & bachmann architects: kaohsiung maritime cultural & pop music center kubota & bachmann architects: kaohsiung maritime cultural & pop music center
feb 03, 2011

kubota & bachmann architects: kaohsiung maritime cultural & pop music center

‘kaohsiung maritime cultural and popular music center’ by kubota & bachmann architects all images courtesy kubota & bachmann architects

zurich- and paris-based office kubota & bachmann architects has sent us images of their entry into the international design competition for the ‘kaohsiung maritime cultural & popular music center‘ in taiwan. the new facility is an integral part of the major public investment and construction plan by the kaohsiung city government.


the project, which earned the team an honorable mention, features a dominant interplay of colour and its sensorial connection to music. consisting of clusters of cylindrical structures, the design is arranged on the coast of the river, connecting the harbor, ferry terminal, wharf and port market in its master plan. a bridge lit up to resemble a rainbow links the center to the kaohsiung beach, serving as a transitional promenade in between the two programs.

terrace during the night

night view from kaohsiung beach

rainbow bridge

view of main foyer

marine culture exhibit center

exhibit area

skin of large performance hall

facade treatments (left) large perforamance hall and small performance hall area (center) service and backstage area (right) LED signal tower / administration area and pop music industry (incubation) center

(left) music and marine culture commercial area (north facade) (center) small perfrmance hall and pop music exhibit area (right) small performance hall area

site plan

floor plan / level +1

floor plan / level +3

3D model of main performance hall (3500 seats)

diffferent configuration

view from surrounding towers around the kaohsiung port

project info:

client: taiwan government building surface: 45,000 m2 (sub total), 73,000 m2 (grand total)

stage 2 design team: designer: toshihiro kubota, yves bachmann local architect: charles c. yen architect landscape architect: bassinet turquin paysage environmental engineer: øyvind vessia structural engineer: bollinger + grohmann ingenieure / blaas de rycke theater designer: ducks sceno / michel cova acoustic consultant: nagata acoustic / yasuhisa toyota perspectives: sebastien rageul, narjis lemrini architects: elen le dez, ikbal bouaita

stage 1 design team: designer: toshihiro kubota, yves bachmann landscape architect: bassinet turguin paysage environmental engineer: øyvind vessia theater designer: ducks sceno / michel cova perspectives: sebastien raguel architects: ikbal bouaita, anthony thevenont, marine rouanet

  • Taiwan – Fantasy Island!

    JAH says:
  • amazing project I think it should have won much better than the first prize

    Ki says:

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