Next stop, Taiwan.
There is hardly any misunderstanding with regard to the ambitions of this project; the park and the arts complex must, with one gesture, give Kaohsiung another face. An international jury chose the design of Mecanoo because of its great imagination, one-ness of the arts center with the park, modern theatre techniques and incorporation of the subtropical climate.
In 2010 the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Wei-Wu-Ying) designed by Mecanoo started construction with celebrations. After almost 5 years under construction we go back and record in this short documentary the design methods and techniques that are shaping the city of Kaohsiung.
The center is not only the first performing arts facility in southern Taiwan, but also the largest investment in culture and the arts made by the Taiwanese government in the last two decades. The center promises to be the new icon for the 2.7 million residents of Kaohsiung and marks the transition from a port city to a modern, cultural metropolis.