Aétrangère | Kaohsiung Vortex
Evolving in a global economy, Taiwanese Pop will take a strong place in Asian scene thanks to a visionary national strategy, where many majors’ performing and productive pop infrastructures are being planned and constructed in Taiwan’s capitals cities. That phenomenon will foster Taiwanese Pop music as an international attraction, and it also could have the strength to create a critical enhancement of the urban tissues that hosted them. Those Pop music infrastructures are more urban and more dynamic; their hybrids programs are connecting people and connecting the urban fabric. The key issue is how to allow to this major piece of Kaohsiung, to be open to the whole city “beyond the performance day” How to become a real urban gateway to City’s waterfront and not a closed thematic cluster?
The Vortex, a horizontal Landmark connecting the Waterfront
Our proposal introduces an integrated cultural and ecological vision for the KMC&PMC. This project is calling to be one of the most powerful icons of Kaohsiung, embodying the dynamic character and the new sustainable identity of the city. The project focuses symbolically on this synergetic relationship to create a flow of energy, in that sense, Kaohsiung is full of vivid lights, sounds and colors and the KMC&PMC will reflects the dynamism already existent in the city. Our strategy privilege a large scale landmark that enhances the whole waterfront, rather than a concentrated iconic object. This proposal transforms the Kaohsiung’s life energy into an architectural Vortex. The roof waves generated by the vortex’s eye display an amazing new waterfront landscape, sending waves of energy back to the city. Like a tide, the undulations of the roof, embrace and connect various buildings masses creating at the same time an exiting pedestrian experience under the visually unique roof continuity, embracing the waterfront and transforming it into a world-class cultural entertainment destination. The project allow the extension and culmination of the Love’s riverfront promenade, actually interrupted, creating a new pedestrian pathway that embraces both side of the waterfront. The project will integrate the big urban park at the west of the site to the waterfront, sewing the urban cut created by the existing railway paths.
A new place for the city: Maritime terrace walkway
This new artificial wave creates cross functional relations between the two pedestrian pathways structuring KMC&PMC facilities. It host a primarily pedestrian elevated platform, “the waterfront terrace” for new mixed-use developments, including retail, leisure, outdoors performances etc., providing connections between the new waterfront and Kaohsiung’s downtown, repairing the fracture created by the existing railway paths. Our proposition consists in re-assembling the program units in terms of keeping a permanent living “vertebral column” walkway, irrigating a constellation of shops, bookstores, gift shops, markets, cafes, and restaurants, living music pubs, etc, into a living 24-hour open complex. That strategy fulfills the permanent display of new urban practices, encouraging visitors and citizens to rediscover the “next great place in Kaohsiung” between the river and the sea.
The roof wave: a solar media screen icon
The design of the KMC&PMC must become a new icon for the city. The wave roof provides shelter and shadow for the visitors, its undulated forms, reflects and absorbs sunlight. Also conceived like as a media device, this giant media screen ribbon, displaying videos, information, publicity and communication and global entertainment, before, during and after the performances.
During the day, the roof works as an energy harvesting system (solar pv) providing electrical energy to whole complex. At the evening, the roof becomes a media device, not like a conventional giant screen, but like a permanent fluid motion flux of images and sound.Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan Architects: Aétrangère Project name: Kaohsiung Vortex Project description: Maritime culture and Pop music Complex Type: Open International Ideas Competition
Client: Construction Office, Public Works Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government
Program: Big and small Performance music halls and venues, retail, public space, parking, open air performance area, exposition hall, office and pop music incubators facilities.
Site Area: 120 000 sqm
Project Area: 70 900 sqm
Scope: Architectural, Urban and Landscape Concept Design
Project Year: 2010
Project Leader: Mario Caceres
Team: Mario Caceres, Architect and Urban Planner; Christian Canonico, Architect and Engineer; Ana Pinto, Architect and Landscape; Linda Ait Belkacem, Interior Architect, Carlos Moraga, Architect; Yun Guo, Architect; Daniela Trolio, Architect.
Consultants: ARUP for Engineering.