Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Unbuilt, designed 2011

Kaohsiung City Government

Civic, Cultural

821,300 sf

Targeted Gold (Taiwan Green Building Certification)


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With its port city at an important post-industrial crossroads, the government of Kaohsiung, hosted a global competition to rejuvenate a key former industrial site with live music venues and a maritime museum.

Studio Gang’s design engages the city’s infrastructure and urban waterfront, weaving together architecture and landscape to infuse a vibrant energy throughout the building and to the harbor beyond.

The performance venues, uniquely shaped by the acoustical conditions of the site, direct noise out to the vast harbor, away from nearby residences. Together, the architecture and landscape prioritize access to the harbor for people—rather than industry.

A large sectional model cut through one of the program strands displays the structural tube concept.

Reshaped and reclaimed, the new waterscape has multiple environmental benefits, becoming an estuarine link along Kaohsiung’s developing network of flood storage and water-quality improvement parks.


Third Prize, Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center International Competition, 2011