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With a professional working relationship spanning three decades, Gary F Martinez FAIA and Thomas E Johnson FAIA founded Martinez+Johnson Architecture in 1994 to bring their design sensitivities to institutional and cultural projects in urban locations. The 25-architect firm has since established an expertise in three main architectural areas – the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures, institutional buildings in urban areas and community settings, and the design and planning of performing arts venues.

Known for a thoughtful design approach to public facilities, M+J develops an intimate understanding of the needs of users, patrons, and operators destined to inhabit the projects of the firm. M+J looks to the future in their design aesthetic even when the context may be firmly rooted in the past and executes creative solutions to facilities both new and historic, where flexibility, ease of operation, and high but versatile performance characteristics are requisite. Venues express aspirational values and goals of the communities within which they are located, and at the same time conform to issues of economic value at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.

Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural + Popular Music Center



kaohsiung, taiwan

In order to establish the Kaohsiung as a premier international tourist destination and pop music industry hub, as well as a global maritime capital, the Taiwanese city government invited architects from all over the world to participate in the design competition for Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural and Popular Music Center (KPOP).



Located at the point where the Love River flows into the harbor, and in close proximity to the city’s commercial and industrial cores, the project has the potential to act as a unifying element within the existing urban fabric, reinforcing Kaohsiung’s status as a leading maritime capital. Martinez+Johnson designed a venue intertwining the Kaohsiung City Government’s request for both commercial and entertainment functions, shaping the industry and coastline of southern Taiwan.



M+J envisioned a campus of buildings and public spaces activating the entire site while allowing for future development. The outdoor performance area is located at the focal point between the river and the Glory Pier. This great urban plaza becomes a center for daily recreation and leisure, as well as accommodates festival parades and frequent concerts. Anchoring the western corner of the site, M+J designed the large performance hall as a flexible venue with capacity up to 5,000 people. Live feeds from select converts can be shown on the large-format LCD display screen integrated into the façade.

A landmark tower bridgse the Love River, acting as a symbolic gateway to the city. The top levels contain both the permanent exhibit space for the pop music hall of fame and an observation deck with magnificent views of the harbor and beyond. To the east, the maritime center is situated at the water’s edge, adjacent to the land allocated for the future whart.

Tying the whole project together, an undulating canopy flows along the site, providing abundance shade, protection from rain, and a framework for the installation of PV panels. This evocative structure will become KPOP’s signature element and a symbol of the cultural renaissance of the city of Kaohsiung as a whole.

Owner: Construction Office, Public Works Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government c/o Mr Lee

Size: est 1,280,00SF

Cost: est $150M