Kaohsiung Pop Music Center

Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Program: Performance Spaces, Recording Studios, Museum, Cultural Exhibition Center, Recreational Areas

Program Area: 70,000m2

The twin poles of individual and collective life are everywhere present in pop music. From headphones to concerts, from musicians to the music industry, from downloaded songs to global distribution, pop music produces an endlessly changing dynamic across micro and macro scales. Its reverberations move nimbly among performers, audiences, and economies. In this proposal, a network of circular buildings catalyzes the agility of these cultural dynamics. The circular buildings form program and public space as they slip into, out of, over, and under one another.

The city slides from land to water and back again. Functions combine with other functions. Routes cross. Views glance off of the constantly receding contours of the buildings’ profiles. The spaces between these volumes appear and disappear as interactive bas-reliefs made of objects, voids, paths, activities, plazas, and gardens.

WW Project Team

Principals: Ron Witte and Sarah Whiting

Design Team: Ryan Botts, Eunike, Peter Muessig, Ian Searcy, Amy Westermeyer