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Sumit Singhal
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.

Dadong Art Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan by de Architekten Cie.

 
November 24th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: de Architekten Cie.

The Dadong Arts Center is located in Kaohsiung, the economic center of southern Taiwan. Before the opening of Chinato foreign markets,Taiwan was the leading economy of the region. Towns developed into a generic industrial city fabric without adequate public spaces. Currently, the strong brand of ‘Made in Taiwan’ is in the process of being restored to its former glory. The cities urgently need pleasant urban space to help regenerating inner-city districts. Therefore, the Dadong Arts Center is conceived in the first place as a new public domain, setting new high standards for the level of urban comfort.

Image Courtesy Mr Ke

  • Architects: de Architekten Cie. + Malone Chang & Yu-Lin Chen
  • Project: Dadong Art Center
  • Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Photography: Branimir Medic, Mr Ke
  • Client: Kaohsiung City Government
  • Project Team: V. Ulrich, T. Cheng, C. Hayman, J. Lee, L. Cvetko, H. Gladys, C. Eickelberg, M. A. Rival, A. van Gelderen, R. Garritsen
  • Structural Engineer: Arup Amsterdam + Tien-Hun Engineering Consultant Inc.
  • Acoustics Consultant: Peutz & Associates + Gade & Mortensen Akustikk + Prof. Wei/Hwa Chiang NTUST
  • Environment Technology Consultant: Hander Engineering & Construction Inc. + I.S. Lin & Associates

Image Courtesy Mr Ke

  • Competition: 2007
  • Gross Surface: 24.470 m2
  • Start Construction: 2008
  • Completion: 2012
  • Building Surface: 36,470 m
  • Programme:
                   3.000 m2 multi-purpose hall
    4.000 m2 Art education center
    1.900 m2 Offices
    4.800 m2 Exhibition hal
    1.350 m2 Conference hall
    1.700 m2 Covered outdoor space
    3.600 m2 Library
    1.200 m2 Travel information center

Image Courtesy Mr Ke

The new arts center creates a strong link between the open and the densely-built city, connecting the Feng-ShanRiver, a popular park and the historic centre of the Feng-Shan City. The concept of Dadong Arts Center is similar to the traditional Taiwanese courtyard house, where the patio works as a social exchange for the different families living around it.

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Four concrete volumes line a public plaza that also penetrates the complex to separate the buildings from one another. Providing shelter, a membranous skin above the plaza areas features 11 enormous funnels, reminiscent of illuminated hot-air balloons, tapered ends dipping to face the pavement.

Image Courtesy Mr Ke

The configuration of the complex stimulates the intense use of public space by activities such as dance, tai chi and various games which characterizes outdoor areas in Taiwanese cities. The skin protects visitors from the region’s periodically strong rains and intense sunshine, while creating a perfect outdoor situation for such activities.

Image Courtesy Mr Ke

Openings in the narrow ends of the funnels allow for the drainage of rainwater and the circulation of fresh air. When the sun shines, these openings turn into enormous natural spotlights, enticing people to act. All day long, people of different social backgrounds, interests and ages -individually as well as in groups- are performing on the informal circular podia formed by benches and granite-lined basins.

Image Courtesy Branimir Medic

The Dadong Arts Center is a multi-functional art space, aiming to be a state-of-the-art-venue for producing artistic and cultural events. It also plays an important role in cultivating and training artistic talents in classical as well as popular culture. A 800-seat theater and a small rehearsal hall are the center piece of the complex. The X-framed concrete elevations of the four individual buildings of the arts center are homogenous, yet each one indicates the programme inside by subtle changes in the degree of openness of the structure.

Image Courtesy Branimir Medic

Image Courtesy Branimir Medic

Image Courtesy Branimir Medic

Image Courtesy Branimir Medic

Image Courtesy Branimir Medic

Image Courtesy Branimir Medic

Image Courtesy Branimir Medic

Image Courtesy Branimir Medic

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Siteplan : Image Courtesy de Architekten Cie.

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