Kaohsiung Exhibition Center An Elegant Reflection of the Costal City Image／高雄展覽館 優雅體現水岸城市意象
Kaohsiung Exhibition Center
An Elegant Reflection of the Costal City Image
◎English translation: Lin Fu-ju
◎Photos courtesy of Pao Chung-hui, Public Works Bureau
Kaohsiung City Government is actively developing the Asia's New Bay Area. This initiative will include several construction projects, which include Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Kaohsiung Port Terminal, Maritime Culture and Popular Music Center, Kaohsiung Main Public Library and a first stage of light-rail system. Kaohsiung has commissioned some of the world's best architects to develop these future landmarks. Mayor Chen Chu hopes the initiative will integrate its maritime culture with sustainable ecology and create an even more unique coastal skyline. The whole project is expected to be completed by 2016 and create a variety of opportunities for Kaohsiungs residents.
Completed in October, construction of the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center took two-years. Located on Pier 22, it is the Asia's New Bay Area's first completed project. After it passes its standard inspections, it is set to hold the 3rd Taiwan International Fastener Show, organized by the MOEA's Bureau of Foreign Trade, Taiwan's External Trade and Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan's Industrial Fasteners Institute (TIFI). This will be held on April 14th and 15th 2014.The exhibition will then be followed by Taiwan's first international boat show which is designed to promote Kaohsiung's yacht industry. This is scheduled for May 8th to 11th 2014.
The exhibition cener is 4.5 hectares in area, 27 meters high and constructed from over 16,000 pieces of glass. One of its unique design features is its wave-like roof which reflects Kaohsiung's maritime image and is strong enough to withstand seasonal winds and typhoons. Its design does not require interior columns and therefore is the only expo space in Taiwan that can accommodate large machinery and even yachts. It has the capacity for 1,100 indoor booths and 400 outdoor booths that provide a beautiful seaside view. It also has flexible, multipurpose conference rooms that can accommodate from 20 to 2,000 people. The exhibition center will further promote Kaohsiung's ambition of becoming an international MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) industry hub and lead the city to a new level of success. This will add value to the city and create more employment opportunities for its residents. The exhibition centre is expected to net approximately NT$4.6 billion in revenue for the city. With the Asia's New Bay Area expansion and MICE industry developments, Kaohsiung's economy is sure to be revitalized. The exhibition center will certainly be at the heart of this initiative and is expected to bring more than 2,000 jobs to the region. These initiatives have also attracted several international hotel groups which have also begun construction projects. The future certainly looks bright for Taiwan's largest southern city which continues to create a name for itself in the hospitality and service industries.