Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Asymptote

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Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Asymptote Architecture

Here's a proposal by Asymptote Architecture for a port terminal in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Asymptote Architecture

The New York architects designed the scheme for the Kaohsiung Port Terminal competition, which was won by by Reiser + Umemoto (see our earlier story).

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Asymptote Architecture

Asymptote's design features two towers with a terminal hall suspended between them.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Asymptote Architecture

This hall provides shade and shelter for a public plaza below.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Asymptote Architecture

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Here are some more details from the architects:


Asymptote Architecture - Kaohsiung Port Terminal

The new Kaohsiung Marine Gateway Terminal designed by Asymptote is a new state of the art transportation interchange, an urban destination with both terminal and public facilities including exhibition and event spaces for the people of Kaohsiung as well as for national and international visitors. The project transforms the site from its industrial roots into a dynamic urban hub and a global gateway that bring a powerful and electric experience to the city 24 hours a day.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Asymptote Architecture

The port terminal as envisioned by Asymptote is designed to invigorate and activate Kaohsiung’s city edge at the water. The port terminal extends the urban realm from the center of Kaohsiung to the city’s waterfront and connects this new urban space with the vitality of the future Pop Music Center and other public recreational and commercial activities that are to be located along the planned park at water's edge.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Asymptote Architecture

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Key components of Asymptote’s design are two elegant towers, a sculptural terminal hall that is framed and hovers in an elevated position between them, and a plinth below that connects the towers and accommodates a new public urban space. This open plaza is an articulated yet continuous public space that is located at the very intersection of circulation paths that seamlessly draw the urban space of Kaohsiung into the heart of the project through to the water's edge and back towards the city.

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These provide access to a number of important public spaces and programs as well as contribute to the dramatic entry sequence to the port facilities. This intertwining of public and private access as well as programming creates an activated public realm, providing a unique experience to ship passengers and city dwellers alike.

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The curved form of the terminal hall sits delicately yet majestically above the large open plaza activated by the flow of people moving back and forth between the harbor and the city. From the city, the terminal forms an urban scaled aperture that frames the harbor and water beyond. The sculpted underside of the floating building provides shelter to the urban space from the strong sun and seasonal rains while at night it provides dramatic illumination for the ongoing public activities, events and celebrations.

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The interior of the terminal building provides a spectacular culmination; a soaring vertical space naturally lit from above leads up to the large clear span of the terminal hall with sweeping panoramas of the City and the Kaohsiung skyline on one side and of the Sea, the sky and the horizon on the other.

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These are experienced within a dramatic space defined by the sophisticated geometry of the curved shell roof and the lightweight sculptural panels suspended below where the geometric pattern of the assembly creates ever-changing spatial and light effects, celebrating the events of both arrival and departure.

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Architects: Asymptote Architecture and Artech Architects
Location: Kaohsiung , Taiwan
Project Team: Asymptote Architecture – Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture, Artech Architects – Kris Yao
Structural Engineering: Knippers Helbig
Environmental Engineering: Transsolar

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Cruise Consultant: Parsons Brinckerhoff
Fire, Electrical & Plumbing: Heng Kai
Traffic Engineering: Everest
Project Area: 40,000 sqm
Client: Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau
Competition: Kaohsiung Port Terminal 2010
Photographs and Drawings: Courtesy of Asymptote Architecture


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Posted on Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 11:57 am by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • eomonn holmes

    liking the tron style renders…

  • http://www.ivovaladares.com Ivo

    So white, so bright!

  • adi_ponton

    TRON!

  • Ben Dover

    Just as well could have been a UN Studio project

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511692478 Joshua Nelson

    This is where they launch off in Disney's TRON!

  • Rembo

    Asymptote fights for people, not programs!

  • http://www.luxigon.com EBC

    Renderings by Luxigon