Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Kaohsiung Port Terminal | Reiser + Umemoto

View from land

Reiser + Umemoto, in collaboration with Fei and Cheng and Associates (Taipei), Ysrael A. Seinuk, PC (New York) and Arup (Hong Kong), were announced First Prize winners in the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition. Today, the architects also sent us first images and a description of their winning project.
This new development will be located in the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, ROC.

View from water
 Project Description:
For the Kaohsiung Port Terminal, we propose a dynamic 3-dimensional urbanism that takes advantage of the site’s unique lateral positioning with respect to the city grid.  Existing public pedestrian flows along the proposed elevated boardwalk can be amplified, rather than interrupted by creating a continuous elevated public esplanade along the waterfront. Cruise and ferry functions, meanwhile, are located just below the public level and are kept distinct to maintain secure areas for departing/arriving passengers.

Model perspective
 The Main Hall splits up into three different partitions, each related to a different itinerary for travelling by ship, while the concourses are oriented parallel to the waterfront to maximize the interface between water and land.  By vertically separating the functions of the general public, port business, and travelers along this waterfront edge we are able to keep the various operational uses highly efficient while at the same time allowing for the synergy of mixed functions for the general public.

Model elevation
Vertical circulation is organized around thickened zones in the building’s skin which also house structure, utilities, and ventilation. The structure is a system of nested, long-span shells, which are composed of an underlying steel pipe space frame which is sandwiched by cladding panels to create a useable cavity space.  Overall an experience of directed yet funactionally separated flows will lend an aura of energy to the point terminal space.

Model lit
An essential component to the vitality of the Port Terminal Project is the connection to a proposed elevated public space along the waters’ edge. The importance of this waterfront space which is distinct yet connected to the city of Kaohsiung is inestimable.

Model boardwalk

The boardwalk links the new Pop Music Center, the arts and shopping districts within a green necklace along the waterfront. The boardwalk will be a 24 hour space that fosters shopping, dining, and recreation. Moreover, connection to this vital public conduit will ensure the continuous economic viability of the port terminal, sustaining and amplifying the periodic maritime uses of the cruise terminal and ferries.

Section longitudinal
The project is scheduled for construction in 2012 and expected to be in operation by 2014, with a construction budget of approximately $85,000,000 USD.  The competition is sponsored by the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Taiwan, ROC.

Site Plan

Main level plan - cruise departures

G+3 level plan

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