Kaohsiung arts center wins U.S. architecture award

09/13/2020 05:59 PM
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Photo courtesy of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts
Photo courtesy of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts

Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, also known as Weiwuying, was among six works of architecture in Taiwan honored at the 2020 International Architecture Awards, the museum said Sunday.

The awards, which are in their 15th edition, honored 130 buildings and urban planning projects from 38 countries this year.

The event is organized by the Chicago Athenaeum, along with the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Metropolitan Arts Press.

Weiwuying, which was once a military complex, was designed by Dutch architect Francine Houben, who was inspired by the many banyan trees in the area to create the center's sleek, wave-shaped roof.

The center boasts four formal performance halls under its roof and a large outdoor amphitheater. It has hosted numerous theater, opera and dance performances since it opened in 2018.

Other buildings in Taiwan recognized this year include Xiafu Activity Center in New Taipei, which has a temple-style curved roof and is known for its hundreds of colorful columns.

The Xiafu Activity Center/ Photo from internationalarchitectureawards.com
The Xiafu Activity Center/ Photo from internationalarchitectureawards.com

Another awardee was JCA Living Lab in Taipei, a nearly century-old house built when Taiwan was under Japanese rule that was renovated last year.

The remaining three structures honored in Taiwan were two private homes and a restaurant, all designed by Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute, a firm headed by Taiwanese designer Lo Keng-fu (羅耕甫).

(By Chao Ching-yu and Chiang Yi-ching)

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JCA Living Lab/ Photo from internationalarchitectureawards.com
JCA Living Lab/ Photo from internationalarchitectureawards.com
One of the private homes designed by Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute and was awarded this year/ Photo from internationalarchitectureawards.com
One of the private homes designed by Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute and was awarded this year/ Photo from internationalarchitectureawards.com
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