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Kaohsiung Exhibition Center

Won through an international design and build competition, the project is the first in the harbor redevelopment within Taiwan’s port city of Kaohsiung. A public pedestrian street running through the center of the facility to link the city to the waterfront is key to the design.

Courtesy of Cox Architecture

Designed as a hybrid facility, the building combines exhibition and convention in a single integrated center providing flexibility to host a large variety of events and meetings simultaneously. The roof enclosure utilizes an alternating shell structural system with the umbrella trusses thereby substantially reducing the steel tonnage and successfully resisting gale force winds and anticipated seismic forces.

Courtesy of Cox Architecture

A series of skylights and vents allow the building to respond to the environment allowing natural daylight and ventilation to improve its sustainability. This building type must be an expression of the city to all its visitors and we have consciously reflected that in the design.

Courtesy of Cox Architecture

Project Info
Architects: Cox Architecture
Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
In association with: Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners
Client: Kaohsiung Local Government
Project Status: Completed
Key Consultants: Arduous Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Corp., Jih Shaing Engineering Business Co., Professor Rong Ping Lai, Chroma33 Architectural Lighting Design, King-Le Chang & Associates, We Can Electrical Consultant, THI Consultants Inc., Taiwan Fire Life Safety Consultants, Environmental Science Corporation, C.C. Lee & Associates, Trinity Foundation Engineering Consultants
Contractor / Builder: Lee Ming Construction
Cost: $200,000,000
Gross Floor Area: 60,000m2
Year: 2014
Type: Cultural Center

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