Date: April 19, 2016
Wei Wu Ying Center for the Arts in Kaohsiung City is set for completion in June,
sowing the seeds for the rise of southern Taiwan as a hub of performing arts in Asia.
Designed by internationally renowned Mecanoo Architecten b.v., a Netherlands-based architecture and planning company led by Francine M. J. Houben, the world-class performance center is set to open in 2017. It incorporates flowing lines and blends seamlessly with the many banyan trees dotting the 65-hectare site.
The center boasts 141,000 square meters of floor space, a central theater seating 2,260, a medium-sized auditorium accommodating 1,254, a concert hall for 2,000 and a recital hall holding 470. Other facilities include an outdoor plaza and a rooftop promenade.
During an inspection tour of the NT$10.6 billion (US$327.4 million) project April 17, President Ma Ying-jeou said the center highlights the commitment of the government to vitalizing the southern Taiwan cultural scene, as well as promoting balanced regional development. [FULL STORY]