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Kaohsiung design contest attracts international bidders

2010/06/09 22:05:51

Taipei, June 9 (CNA) The Kaohsiung City government Wednesday saidits competition for the design of the Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural andPopular Music Center has attracted entries from 135 internationalarchitecture teams around the world.

The 12.5-hectare property that spans from pier 11 to 15 of theKaohsiung Harbor will be the future home of the center, which isscheduled to be dedicated in 2015.

The Council of Cultural Affairs originally set the overallconstruction budget at NT$4 billion (US$123 million) for a pop musiccenter. However, the figure was bumped to the current NT$5.45 billionwhen the Executive Yuan decided the center should also includeelements involving maritime culture.

According to Chung Wan-shun, the chief of the Construction Officeunder the Public Works Bureau, the possibility of landing a lucrativebid has attracted numerous international teams to enter the designcompetition.

The call was announced at the end of May and his office receivedapplications from 135 teams from across the globe, including theU.S., Japan, Russia, Italy and Bulgaria, he said.

Chung said the center will become a major city landmark. The citygovernment hopes the structure will increase the city's internationalvisibility as well as reflect the country's efforts to promoteeco-friendly buildings.

The winner was originally scheduled to be announced on June 8,but due to a delay in the selection of judges, the city governmentdecided to postpone the decision to an unspecified date.

(By Jenny W. Hsu)