via Martinez + Johnson Architecture
The Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural and Popular Music Center (KPOP) will establish the city of Kaohsiung as a premier international tourist destination and pop music industry hub. Located at the point where Love River flows into the harbor, and in close proximity to the city’s commercial and industrial cores, the project has the potential to act as a unifying element within the existing urban fabric and reinforce Kaohsiung’s status as a leading maritime capital.
Conceived as a campus of buildings and public spaces tied together by an undulating canopy which flows along the waterfront, the project stands as a metaphor recalling the powerful local juxtaposition of industrial shipping yards with the natural beauty of the ocean and distant mountains. The evocative canopy structure, providing abundant shade, protection from rain, and a framework for the installation of PV panels, will become KPOP’s signature element and a symbol of the cultural renaissance of the city as a whole.
The dispersed plan activates the entire site while allowing for future development. Located at the focal point between the river and Glory Pier, the Outdoor Performance Plaza will become a great urban center for daily recreation and leisure, as well as accommodating festival parades and frequent concerts. The Large Performance Hall, a flexible venue with a capacity of up to 5000 people, anchors the western corner of the site. Live feed from select concerts will be shown on a large-format LCD display screen integrated into the facade. A landmark tower bridges the entrance to Love River, acting as a symbolic gateway to the city. The top levels will contain the permanent exhibit space for the Pop Music Hall of Fame and an observation deck with magnificent views of the harbor and beyond. To the east, the Maritime Center is situated at water’s edge, adjacent to the land allocated for the future wharf. A small inlet which cuts into the building volume will be used for the full-scale yacht display.
The project incorporates a number of sustainable design features, such as geothermal ground source heat exchangers, a rainwater harvesting and recycling system, and a vast array of solar panels, aiming to attain LEED Gold certification.
CONCEPT – The flowing canopy evokes the energy of sound waves and ocean surf, and compliments the backdrop of the distant Central Mountain Range. The rectilinear building containers below will glow at night like giant lanterns.
LARGE PERFORMANCE HALL – The Large Performance Hall is a highly flexible space able to convert from a traditional 3500 seat end stage configuration (with side stage supports) to a 5000 seat pavilion-style concert venue.
OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE PLAZA – Located at the heart of the campus, the multi-purpose Outdoor Performance Plaza can accommodate audiences from 10,000 to up to 25,000 people for concerts and special events. Support and storage are located below grade—the stage trusses can be raised from the basement level and assembled in several hours. Alternatively, when not being used for performances, the space can function as an open park for everyday leisure and recreation, a great urban center for the entire city of Kaohsiung.
STRUCTURE – The canopy is defined by a modified diagrid frame which can be infilled with a variety of shading elements, from trellis plantings to solar panels. An array of columns provides vertical support. The entire system is tied back to the building structures for lateral stability.
SUSTAINABILITY – The project incorporates a number of sustainable design features, aiming to attain LEED Gold certification. Geothermal ground source heat exchangers integrated within the foundation piles will be used to cool the complex during the long and hot local summers. A rainwater harvesting and recycling system supplies plumbing and irrigation networks, significantly reducing the consumption of fresh water. PV cells will generate up to 40% of the required electricity for the campus. Depending on the season and the hour, different areas of the site will be shaded, encouraging an evolving range of activity use patterns throughout the day.
General Competition Info:
www.kpop.com.tw (please refer to the official competition site for general information about the program, background, etc.).
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