Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Kaohsiung Vortex in Taiwan, R.O.C. by Influx Studio
July 28th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Influx_Studio
Pop music industry is in the midst of a revolution taking place all around the world. Taiwanese Pop will take a strong place in Asian scene thanks to a visionary national strategy. 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 evolving in a global economy. More urban and more dynamic, their hybrids programs are connecting people and connecting tissues into the urban fabric. The key issue for The Kaohsiung Marine Culture and Pop Music Center is how allow that 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?
An horizontal landmark: The Vortex
Our proposal introduces an integrated cultural and ecological vision for the KMC&PMC. This project is calling to be one of the 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. 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.
The wave-shaped roof emerging from the central vortex eye, introduce an architectural element that becomes an ecological device and iconic horizontal landmark. 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.
Moreover this strategy privilege a large scale landmark that enhance the whole waterfront, more powerful in the “Google Hearth culture”, rather than e single vertical point, that in any case could not challenge the existing skyscrapers.
Connecting Kaohsiung to his waterfront
The project focuses on the enhancement of the interface between main public areas, nowadays disconnected from each other. KMC&PMC becomes a shared interface that encompasses new forms of accessibility to the complex. 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, evolving into a converging point open to the whole city. This openness and multiple directionality attract people from all directions to make an open place where a very wider public can visit and have fun and greats music & sea experiences any time.
A New Place for Kaohsiung : Maritime Terrace Walkway
Like a horizontal landmark, the roof of KMC&PMC will become a part of the marine landscape; it is designed as a raised continuation of the sea waves. This new artificial wave creates cross connections and 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.
Moreover, the promenade display a permanent level connecting both sides of the waterfront, animated by festive sequences of spaces and commercial programs, that bring the city back to the water and the open music venues are the linking interface to accomplish that.
_The roof wave: Solar Media Screen
The design of the KMC&PMC must become a new icon for the city. The architecture takes its inspiration from the simple concept of wave, which characterizes both sea and sound. Both images are deep symbolically related to Kaohsiung’ historical and future development. This new terrace will provide several informal places to feature improvised live concerts, allowing a wide range of participation and Kaohsiung’s people involvement.
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.
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