Kaohsiung was once only known for its role as a major international harbour, but a cultural change is on the horizon for the Taiwanese city. Spearheading it, is the upcoming Wei-Wu-Ying Centre for the Arts, designed by Dutch firm Mecanoo. The centre, which is currently approaching the final stages of construction, is set to open its doors in October 2017 and promises to mark Kaohsiung's transformation into a modern and diverse cultural hub.
The undulating structure’s volume was largely inspired by the canopies of the area's mature Banyan trees. Its long and low form – with underlying steel supports – was realised via a close collaboration between the architects, a local firm and a Dutch shipbuilder.
By Sara Sturges.
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