DADONG ART CENTER - KAOSHIUNG, TAIWAN
The Da Dong Art Centre is located in the province of Kaoshung, in the economic heart of southern Taiwan. The intensive use of public space for dance, Tai-Chi and various play, typifies the outdoor use in Taiwanese cities. Conical shaped membrane roofs cast shadows making a wide range of activities possible beneath them. The circular openings are daylight chandeliers showing bright circles of light on the pavement.
The membrane roof is designed for extreme weather conditions such as typhoons, earthquakes, periods of extreme rainfall and high temperatures in the summer. The lower steel ring is tensioned downwards with steel cables. In the seams of the membrane unstressed cables are welded. They do not influence the smooth conical shape and become active under heavy wind loading and prevent the steel ring from falling down when the membrane tears open.
The roof is connecting the outdoor area between a group of buildings. Special connection detailing, with different degrees of freedom between the roof and the building, prevent the development of high forces during an earthquake.
as employee of Arup: structural design and engineering of membrane structures
3,000 m2 multi-purpose hall
4,000 m2 art education center
1,900 m2 administration office
4,800 m2 exhibition hall
1,350 m2 multi-purpose conference hall
1,700 m2 outdoor activity space
3,600 m2 library
1,200 m2 travel information center
gross surface: 24,470 m2
location : Kaoshiung / Taiwan
date of commission: 2007
status: under construction
client : Kaohsiung County Mayor
architect : Architecten Cie in collaboration with Malone Chang Architects and Yulin Chen Architects
structure : Arup Amsterdam