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Kaohsiung Exhibition Center 

Kaohsiung, Taiwan



Kaohsiung City Government




First prize in the contest.

architecture, urban planning, sustainability, public space, exhibition center

The Exhibit occupies the central area of ​​the Kaohsiung Pop Music Center .


It is a building that has been undergoing important modifications in the different phases of the project. In the competition phase, we thought of a large green and walkable roof that would shelter a night market (a street food and leisure market very typical in Taiwan). This market would guarantee life and entertainment in the bay on days when there were no concerts and programmed activities.


You can see this first proposal in the second phase of the contest ( CLICK HERE ) .

Once we won the contest in 2011 , this idea was rejected since the government “suggested” us to make a large, closed and heated exhibition hall ( air- conditioned spaces are also very typical in Taiwan). Finally we have built a roof (we did not manage to make it vegetable), under which closed spaces that contain commercial and exhibition programs are combined, and open spaces in the shade where I trust that a great diversity of activities will spontaneously begin to flourish.


fotografía / Photography Yi-Hsien Lee

Inside , you reach a large double-height space where the second level of the Exhibit looks out. Here you can see one of the complete structural trees. The interior design will be carried out by the company that rents the building, so the project was delivered in the rough, as seen in the photo. I like it like that.


fotografía / Photography Yi-Hsien Lee

Taking Frei Otto as a reference, we designed a system of branched pillars that allow very few supports and large spans .

These, together with the flexibility of the hexagonal module , make the project very versatile and adaptable to all the program, surface and contour conditions that have occurred throughout the process.

Thus, despite all these modifications, it maintains the foundations and essence of the initial design. This adaptability will also be very important when it comes to hosting different programs in the future.


On the first level at level 0 three air-conditioned spaces are organized, connected by the large roof. They will house two small commercial areas and a large double-height exhibition hall. The three structural circulation cores will allow access and evacuation of the upper floor.

On the second level at level +5 the different exhibition rooms are organized . On this level a large terrace opens to the sea. From the walkway that connects the "Dolphins" we can directly access the exhibit at this level.


fotografía / Photography Yi-Hsien Lee

The roof , close to the ground at the access with a free height of just over four meters, gradually gains height as it approaches the sea until it reaches 14 meters in height.

The vertical communication cores , made of concrete and with a red roof, also serve to house the facilities and are structurally essential to give stability to the building in the event of an earthquake.



Alzado Acceso principal

fotografía / Photography Yi-Hsien Lee


fotografía / Photography Yi-Hsien Lee

fotografía / Photography Yi-Hsien Lee


Sección Longitudinal AB

Sección Transversal

Sección Longitudinal BA

Yi-Hsien Lee Photography6.jpg

fotografía / Photography Yi-Hsien Lee



Arquitecto/Architect Team Leader
Manuel A. Monteserín Lahoz

Beatriz pachón Castrillo, Javier Simó de Pedro


Socio Local/Local Partner
Mark Ongg


Partner and project manager/socio y gestión de proyecto: 



Manuel Alvarez-Monteserín lahoz
Beatriz Pachon Castrillo
javier Simó de pedro 
謝孟翰 Meng Han Hsieh
呂致遠 Jose Lu
紀彥竹 Yen Chu A’lvaro
黃卓仁 Joren Huang
詹育霖 Yu-Lin Chan
李宗霖 Tsung-Lin Lee
Iñigo Redondo
Luis Marcos
Alicia Domingo
Beatriz Crespo
José María De Cárdenas
Luis Ybarra Gutiérrez
José Luis López de Lemus
José Carlos Oliva Garrido
Tomás Osborne Ruiz
Marian Bada Sánchez
Antonio Miguel García Librero
María Castro Hormigo
Manuel Tirado Crespo
Rosa Cantillana Merchante
Marco Antonio García Gálvez
Salvador Sanchez Gonzalez
Rubén Silva Lobato
Alejandra Díaz de Cárdenas
Esther Espejo Lucena
Fernando Gallinato Díaz
Isabel García Madrona
Angel Linares Gar´cia
José Buzón González
Carmen Zammarchi
‎Luis García Rodríguez

team competition/equipo concurso:

Manuel Alvarez-Monteserín lahoz 
Beatriz Pachón Castrillo
Javier Simó de Pedro
Luis Marcos Nieto
Iñigo Redondo Barranco
Alicia Domingo Medrano
Beatriz Crespo
Guiomar Contreras
Ismael García Abad
Angel Abruña
Jaime López
Maria Mallo Zurdo
Juan Ignacio Alvarez Monteserin Lahoz
Jorge López
Laura Martin
Teresa Santas
Sara Perez
Lain Satrustegui
Andrés Infantes
Antonio Alejandro



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