Billed as a new cultural hub for East Asia, the National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts in Taiwan is an expansive facility that references the local landscape and houses a huge public plaza under its undulating roof.
Around 50,000 people attended the opening recently, with the centre’s large performances spaces playing host to an inaugural concert and ceremony.
Designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo, the National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts is described as the largest performing arts centre in the world and covers 141,000 sqm (1,518,000 sq ft) in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung.
Built on former military land, the new facility sits alongside subtropical parklands and is inspired by Banyan trees, a species typical in the area with a distinctive web of sprawling trunks at its base.
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