Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Designed 2011

Kaohsiung City Government

Civic, Cultural

821,300 sf

Targeted Gold (Taiwan Green Building Certification)


With its port city at an important post-industrial crossroads, the government of Kaohsiung hosted a global competition to rejuvenate a key former industrial site with live music venues and a maritime museum.

Studio Gang’s design engages the city’s infrastructure and urban waterfront, weaving together architecture and landscape to infuse a vibrant energy throughout the building and to the harbor beyond.

The performance venues, uniquely shaped by the acoustical conditions of the site, direct noise out to the vast harbor, away from nearby residences. Together, the architecture and landscape prioritize access to the harbor for people—rather than industry.

Reshaped and reclaimed, the new waterscape has multiple environmental benefits, becoming an estuarine link along Kaohsiung’s developing network of flood storage and water-quality improvement parks.

Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center
Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center


Third Prize, Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center International Competition, 2011

Consultant Team

JJ Pan and Partners, associate architect

Arup Dublin, structural engineer

Arup Hong Kong, MEP/BP and fire protection consultant

DHV (Royal HaskoningDHV), acoustics consultant

dUCKS scéno, scenography consultant

SCAPE, landscape architect