COX Architecture has been appointed design architects for the turnkey team that won the bid to deliver the Kaohsiung Exhibition and Convention Centre in Taiwan.
The winning design concept reflects Kaohsiung's strong relationship with the sea, being Taiwan's largest harbour city and is currently undergoing major urban transformation.
Founding director of COX Architecture, Philip Cox, says "The design is a flamboyant wave-like structure befitting the new maritime precinct of Kaohsiung.
"As a low scale building looked down upon by high rise CBD buildings, the intricacies of the triangulated roof structure contain solar collectors and glazing giving the building intrigue, much like a giant sculpture sitting along the waterfront within a park setting."
Critical to the design is the introduction of a public street that links the city urban fabric to the developing waterfront.
The building is reflective of the new hybrid centre that truly combines exhibition and convention in a single integrated public facility.
The exhibition component of the scheme has 1,100 indoor ground floor stands and 400 outdoor stands, while the first floor convention component accommodates 2,000 delegates.
Operating in association with Ricky Liu Architects and Associates and working with Lee Ming Construction in Taiwan, the COX Architecture project is due for completion in mid 2012.
The Kaohsiung Government expects the centre to increase annual revenue by A$1 million and provide employment opportunities for around 2,000 people.