The Beauty of Kaohsiung-National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)

Image by National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying).

KAOHSIUNG (The China Post) — National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (衛武營國家藝術文化中心), also known as Weiwuying, located in Fengshan District, was the site of a recruitment base in 1950s. Since the military function of Weiwuying ended in 1979, it was eventually transformed into a metropolitan park with plan of building art center and commercial area all together.

Weiwuying incorporates five separate state-of-the-art performance spaces, covering a surface area of 35 acres (141,000 sqm) and is set in the spectacular 116-acre (470,000 sqm) subtropical park in the heart of Kaohsiung, making it the world’s largest performing arts center under one roof.

The plan was not implemented until the design firm Mecanoo Architecten won the design and construction rightsin 2007, and the government began construction of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) in 2010.

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) was designed by Francine Houben, a Dutch architect of Mecanoo. Houben was inspired by the way that Kaohsiung resident enjoying their life in the shade of a banyan tree, and that gave her core theme for the center.

It cost 8 years to finish the construction until its official opening on October 13th, 2018.The center spans 9.9 hectares with four indoor venues, which are the Opera House, Concert Hall, Playhouse and Recital Hall.

Weiwuying was formerly a military training base in Kaohsiung.

The Concert Hall features a unique vineyard style, which allows audience at various heights to enjoy the same optimal acoustic and visual effects. The pipe organ in the concert hall is manufactured by famous German firm Johannes Klais Orgelbau with value of 120 million NT dollars. Consisting of 9,085 pipes, this is the grandest organ in Asia so far.

Leading up to Weiwuying’s official opening, festivals, performances and events are already vibrant and happening nearby. As the sole national arts center in southern Taiwan, it connects professionals, art-lovers and friends, pursuing to serve as a friendly venue for performing arts.

— By San-Ling Tsai | Special to The China Post