The National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts symbolizes the transformation of Kaohsiung, once a major international harbour, into a modern, diverse city with a rich cultural climate. Inspired by the local Banyan trees with their iconic crowns, the vast, undulating structure is composed of a skin and roof and connects an extensive range of functions. The curved steel structure was built in cooperation between a local and a Dutch shipbuilder. Underneath this roof is Banyan Plaza, a generous, sheltered public space, where residents can wander through day and night, practise Tai Chi or stage street performances. Designed with the subtropical climate in mind, the open structure allows the wind to blow freely through Banyan Plaza. Hosting over 5,800 seats and the most technologically advanced theatre facilities, the new cultural complex is fit for world-class performing artists and theatre companies.