AQSO Kaoshiung performing arts center

This Performing Art Complex is a stunning project dedicated to the promotion of Pop Music. Arising along the charming waterfront of Kaohsiung, its formal arrangement helps it become one with the landscape.

Luis Aguirre
Graham Baldwin
Sergio Blanco
Giannantonio Bongiorno
Marta Martínez Méndez
James Tendayi Matsuku
Pedro Rey Antón
Xiao Pu Liu

Building area: 70900 sqm
Location: Kaoshiung (Taiwan)
Client: City Council Government

AQSO Kaoshiung performing arts center, port, bay, radial streets, organic roof, night view, bird view, marina, waterfront

This complex is organized around the port of Kaohsiung (Taiwan). The plot’s distribution outlines a characteristic scheme in which the buildings, grouped according to their functions, are embraced along the U-shaped harbour. A pedestrian walkway connects these clusters, which rise as elements of the marine landscape, always facing the sea.

AQSO Kaoshiung performing arts center, twisted wood louvers

The central section of the complex hosts the group of auditoriums. Its dominant position is linked to the dense urban fabric behind. Each auditorium is conceived as a separate building, accessible with a dual circulation: one that connects the whole site along the perimeter, and the one that allows an access from the city, through several radial streets.

AQSO Kaoshiung performing arts center, floor plan, technical drawing, auditorium, organic

The project is conceived as a fusion with the urban and marine landscape; a continuous skin permeable to the city and the waterfront. Each building is topped by an undulating roof, and enclosed by structural louvers and groups of vegetation.