Described as Taiwan’s most significant cultural investment in a generation, the National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts symbolises the developing outlook for the city of Kaohsiung and Taiwan – with a mission to connect local and global talent through arts and culture.
Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, the extraordinary architecture of Taiwan’s national arts centre, the National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts (Weiwuying) is inspired by the sinuous canopy created by clusters of banyan trees commonly found in the region. The single sweeping building covers a surface area of 35 acres (141,000 sqm) and is set in the spectacular 116-acre (470,000 sqm) subtropical park in the heart of Kaohsiung, making it the world’s largest performing arts centre under one roof as well as Taiwan’s most significant cultural investment in a generation.
It incorporates five state of the art performance spaces: a 2,236-seat Opera House, a 1,981-seat Concert Hall, a 1,210-seat Playhouse, a 434-seat Recital Hall and an Outdoor Theater linking the building to the park. It also features Asia’s largest pipe organ – 9,085 pipes – built by Germany’s Klais Orgelbau Bonn.
“ARTS FOR THE PEOPLE”
Up to 50,000 people attended the grand opening concert and ‘Arts for the People’ opening party on 13 October. Guests included the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Tsai Ing-Wen and numerous high-ranking representatives from the worlds of politics and culture.