The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, designed by Dutch firm Mecanoo Architects, has officially opened in Taiwan, setting the record for the world’s largest performing arts center with five state-of-the-art spaces under a single roof spanning 35 acres (140,000 square meters).
The expansive project, also dubbed “Weiwuying,” took 15 years to build and is Taiwan’s most significant cultural investment in a generation with an estimated cost of $221 million USD, according to the Smithsonian. The structure is set across a 116-acre (470,000-square-meter) subtropical park in the southern port city of Kaoksiung, which was formerly a military training base. The center features a 2,260-seat opera house, 2,000-seat concert hall, 470-seat recital hall and outdoor performance space capable of seating up to 20,000 people.
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