Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser + Umemoto


Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser Umemoto

New York practice Reiser + Umemoto have won the first prize in a competition to design a new port terminal for the city of  Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser Umemoto

The Kaohsiung Port Terminal will feature a series of undulating horizontal structures, each with glazed facades at the ends, merging together towards the centre and shooting up to form a tower at the opposite end.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser Umemoto

The building's facade will feature an array of slim glazed slits, following the curves of the structure.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser Umemoto

An elevated boardwalk at street level will provide pedestrian access in and around the building.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser Umemoto

This will be separated from the  arrival and departure areas for the ships and ferries, which will be located below.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser Umemoto

Construction is due to start in 2012.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser Umemoto

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The following information is from the architects:

Reiser + Umemoto Awarded First Prize in the Kaohsiung Port Terminal Competition

NEW YORK, NY -- Reiser + Umemoto (RUR) has been awarded First Prize in the international competition for a new Port and Cruise Service Center in the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, ROC.

For this project, RUR will partner with local architects Fei and Cheng and Associates (Taipei), with whom they are also working on their first-place winning Taipei Pop Music Center project. Also on the project team is Structural Engineer Ysrael A. Seinuk, PC (New York); Reiser + Umemoto and Ysrael A. Seinuk also collaborated on their O-14 office tower, which is currently nearing completion in Dubai, UAE. Rounding out the team in other engineering disciplines is ARUP Hong Kong.

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 was sponsored by the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Taiwan, ROC.

About the Project

For the Kaohsiung Port Terminal, RUR proposes 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.

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.

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 functionally separated flows will lend an aura of energy to the point terminal space.

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. 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.

See also:


Ferry Terminal by
C. F. Møller
Airport by Massimiliano
& Doriana Fuksas
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Posted on Friday December 17th 2010 at 6:27 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • contact Zaha's office for details !!

  • John

    I know its impossible to do anything that new these days but could this look any more like a morphosis project?!

  • christian

    a strange slug like blue whale?

  • Rik

    I think Zaha left her boot lingering around Taiwan.

  • mmmmm is very similar to part of the Guggenheim … just because I’m tired of these buildings will never end up doing.

  • samuel

    Nice shoe.

  • Manuel

    Dangerous postmodernist icon. No relation between structure, form and content. It is just a gesture – no architecture at all.

  • Tom

    like a shoe

  • tommi

    well ventilated socks

  • ajua

    Well ventilated sucks!

  • v-ken

    what kind of software to use for this kind of modeling? any tutorial??

    • Packe

      Rhino or Maya.

      • v-ken

        any great tutorial for modeling this free form model???i was using 3ds max…………..

  • dennis

    I wonder why if there is so much dislike for projects like this, then why do they win competitions so often?

    • D_P

      cuz they are shiny and flashy and make people go @.@

      but you know what they say about sound and fury…

  • sven

    fixed thats why!

  • sven

    we're talking two comps and both in Taiwan for same organization

  • matt

    looks cool, but its way to similar to the taipei performing arts center competition they recently won

  • James

    1998 called. They want their vision of the future back.

  • bld

    woha ha ha bunch of jokesters on this one. wo hahah

    anyway, while i concur, there are some things left to be desired by this voluptuous sun bathing chunk of port terminal. gosh… don't all of the genius critics courageous enough to come out with their honest opinion hiding behind their virtual anonymity wish… that they could win a competition like this, or even design something half as good. But don't worry you clever fellow forum authors ( – ajua "well ventilated sucks".. good one), you can just keep hiding, and most likely (statistically speaking) live a thoroughly unremarkable existence criticizing what the intellectually inept, and therefor capitalism, thinks is cool. Ah, but you are an aspiring intellectual design critic, mmm ah hmm. Yes, commercially motivated architecture is as transparent as a as a stretched piece of latex as to its motivations.. but, these guys are doing it at a slightly more advanced level than most. Design 7.4, Business sense, 9.5. Congratulations R+U, on being one step closer to feeling that warm blanket that keep the ghosts icy fingers away.

  • gmg

    like to see your face bld…..it's hidden…

  • bld

    Honesty provoked by reason and reflection instead of fear, prejudice and insecurity is what I feel we need a bit more of when criticizing architecture, this is going to be built for the love of.. Upon reading my above comment again, I think I was to harsh and a bit hypocritical, but its honest. For those who are having fun on the forum, sure, have fun, but put some of your work on here, it might cause you to reflect on your childish comments next time. I lost patience, I'm fed up with the mindless critics, can we not have an thoughtful discussion instead of trying to be the bully with the best yo-mama joke!

  • The reason 'bld' that this project attracts risible comments is that they are succinct criticisms of people's reactions to what they feel is something abhorrent to their aesthetic faculties. Yes, let's as you suggest, have a thoughtful discussion on architectural merits but when we are presented time and again with desperate-to-win fantasies on the part of design practices will little regard to either environmental compatibility or visual integrity, then they are setting themselves up for the ridicule that's thrown at them.