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Hotel Dua / Koan Design

  • Architects: Koan Design
  • Location: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Kuo Yao-Huang, Joyce Kuo, Lawrence Wei
  • Area: 16,500 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kyle Yu Photo Studio, Courtesy of Koan Design

© Kyle Yu Photo Studio © Kyle Yu Photo Studio Courtesy of Koan Design Courtesy of Koan Design

U-House / Hsuyuan Kuo Architecture

  • Architects: Hsuyuan Kuo Architecture
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Project Team: Hsuyuan Kuo, Effie Huang, ChengHsuan Hung, HungChih Wei, LiuYin Lin
  • Area: 355.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Lee & Zheng

© Lee & Zheng © Lee & Zheng © Lee & Zheng © Lee & Zheng

The One / Hsuyuan Kuo Architecture

  • Architects: Hsuyuan Kuo Architecture
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Project Team: Hsuyuan Kuo, Effie Huang, ChengHsuan Hung
  • Area: 2572.52 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jin-Ming Zheng

© Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng

Housing in Taipei / Chin Architects

  • Architects: Chin Architects
  • Location: 111, Taiwan, Taipei City, Shilin District, Lane 154, Section 7, Zhōngshān North Rd, 6號3樓 Taipei Municipal Library Tien-Mu Branch
  • Architect In Charge: I-Ju Chin, Hung-I Lin, Hung-Nan Chu
  • Design Team: Mu-Chen Chan, Shen-Hung Chiang, Hsin-Hui Cho, Wan-Ju Chang
  • Building Contractor: Continental Engineering Corporation
  • Client: Kuo Yang Constructions
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng

Shih Chien University Gymnasium and Library / Kris Yao | Artech Architects

  • Architects: Artech Architects
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Glen Lu, Hua-Yi Chang, Po-Wen Hsiao, Sid Peng, Chao-Li Hsu, Wesley Fang, Wei-Chung Hsu, Liang-Tzu Chen, Jerry Chang, Tzongming Chan, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo, Jeff Lai, Ming-Chin Li, Peter Chen, Su-Ping Lo
  • Structural: Federal Engineering Consultants, Ltd
  • Site Area: 42,039
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng

New Harbor Service Building / IaN+

The proposal for the New Harbor Service building by IaN+ aims to define a simple and severe architecture. The project’s construction scheme reflects eastern philosophy; its clean aesthetic and unadorned simplicity, where structure turns into a decorative system clearly defining space. The grandeur of the complex will become the new symbol of the city and at the same time, these openings as large telescopes, frame the view from the city towards the sea and the infinite. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Keelung Harbor Service Building / Neil M. Denari Architects

Waterside view of gateway tower - Courtesy of Neil M. Denari Architects
Waterside view of gateway tower - Courtesy of Neil M. Denari Architects

Yesterday, we announced that Los Angeles based Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), in collaboration with Taiwanese architectural firm Fei and Cheng Associates, have been selected as winner of a highly publicized, international competition for the new Keelung Harbor Service Building in Taiwan’s largest port city. As promised, we now present to you the winning proposal. Serving as a “Gateway to the Nation”, the project site consists of a new cruise ship port terminal, a 250 meter long, three level building that will accommodate the largest ships in Asia; a 53,000 square meter Harbor Authority office complex; parking for 1000 cars; and a third phase 23,000 square meter speculative office building. The NT$6.2 billion (US$211.5 million) renewal project will be completed in phases. Construction will commence next year on the three-floor terminal, which is planned for completion by 2015. Work on the complex’s office building is expected to come to a conclusion in 2017. Learn more after the break, with the architects’ complete project statement.

Neil M. Denari Architects Wins New Keelung Harbor Service Building

Courtesy of New Keelung Harbor Service Building Competition Website
Courtesy of New Keelung Harbor Service Building Competition Website

Neil M. Denari Architects has been announced as winner of a two-stage, international competition for the new Keelung Harbor Service Building in Taiwan’s major port city, Keelung. The Los Angeles based practice’s complex, metal-clad terminal was selected over four other competitive schemes provided by the remaining shortlisted teams. The competition called for a modern passenger and cargo terminal, transfer station, a maritime art plaza, a joint office building and parking structure that would serve as a new “Gateway to the Nation” within the context of the densely built harbor town. The construction of this multi-billion dollar renewal project is expected to accelerate the development of the surrounding areas and promote local prosperity of the region, while improving the quality of services for passengers and cargo. The jury included Aaron Betsky and Michael Speaks, along with Taiwanese architects and professionals Tsai Yuan-Liang, Jin Guan-Yu, Su Yu-Jer, Wan Ming-Hen, and Wei Si-Jen. We will provide more details of the design as they become available. In the meantime, check out some snapshots of the winning proposal after the break.

Joint Office Building and Passenger & Cargo Terminal Proposal / de Architekten Cie.

Despite unique climate challenges in the city of Keelung, Taiwan, the design for the Joint Office Building and Passenger & Cargo Terminal by de Architekten Cie. is an example of how one can naturally ventilate the building during the winter and shoulder seasons. This ambition reduces the energy consumption of the building dramatically and increases thermal comfort and delight. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Heritage / CYS.ASDO

© K. M. Lee
© K. M. Lee

Architects: CYS.ASDO Location: Taipei, Taiwan Architect In Charge: Chung-Yei Sheng Design Team: Jill Yang, Paul Chiang, Why Huang Project Year: 2011 Photographs: K. M. Lee

© K. M. Lee
© K. M. Lee
© K. M. Lee
© K. M. Lee
© K. M. Lee
© K. M. Lee
© K. M. Lee
© K. M. Lee

Venice Biennale 2012: Taiwan Pavilion

For Taiwan’s seventh year at the Venice Biennale, the Taiwanese team will present Architect/Geographer – Le Foyer de Taiwan. The exhibition will embody the main theme of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale which is “Common Ground”. The aspects of Taiwanese culture and architecture will be presented through the perspective of a geographer as mapping that can uncover a new understanding of Taiwan through international eyes. The team is supervised by the Ministry of Culture, organized by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and curated by Ke-Fung Liou. The exhibit will be displayed at Palazzo delle Prigioni. Follow us after the break for more on the exhibit.

Keelung Harbor Terminal Building Proposal / Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA)

The proposal for the New Keelung Harbor terminal building by Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) focuses on the synthesis of three core concepts into a coherent, elegant, and iconic solution which signals the formation of a new identity for Keelung Harbor. Inspired by the geometric patterns of Taiwanese Hen Cages and the structural shells of luxury racing yachts, the building takes shape in a dynamic gradient form that transitions from exo-skin to exo-skeleton in response to programmatic content as well as performative requirements. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Shortlist Revealed for New Keelung Harbor Service Building

Courtesy of New Keelung Harbor Service Building Competition Website
Courtesy of New Keelung Harbor Service Building Competition Website

The international competition for a new service building in Taiwan’s major port city Keelung called for the design of a modern passenger and cargo terminal transfer station and maritime gateway art plaza. The objective is to improve the quality of the services for passengers and cargo, accelerate the development of surrounding areas, and ultimately promote local prosperity of the region. The new service building design is to be a new “Gateway to the Nation” – one that could become a form of Landmark Architecture of Keelung. The site of the new building should be integrated with the other commercial buildings in an effort to develop the entire area. The diverse programs cover an area of 82,615 m2 and include car and coach parking. The two-stage competition was announced in early May 2012 and recieved thirty one submissions from twelve countries in the first stage. On July 19th the jury unveiled five nominated groups to continue to the second stage whose deadline is in September. Follow us after the break for details on the five shortlisted firms.

Kelti Center / Kris Yao | Artech Architects

  • Architects: Artech Architects
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Glen Lu, Kuo-Chien Shen, Grace Lin, Yi-Ting Cheng, Huei-Chen Hsu, Yen-Kai Huang, Hsiu-Chuan Wu, Jun-Ren Chou, David Chang, Calvin Chen, Su-Ping Lo, Wen-Feng Chen
  • Lot Coverage Area: 2,340 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 28,824 sqm
  • Client: Jing Yung Gi Investment Co., Ltd
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng

Hongzhu Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

  • Architects: Lab Modus
  • Location: Taoyuan County, Taiwan
  • Architects: Lab Modus
  • Design Team: Kevin Chang, Jay Lin, Will Hsieh, Yi-Li Lin
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Chih-Ming Wu

© Chih-Ming Wu © Chih-Ming Wu © Chih-Ming Wu © Chih-Ming Wu

'Breathing Architecture' Exhibition / WOHA

WOHA‘s traveling exhibition, ‘Breathing Architecture’, is on its way to Taichung, Taiwan after a successful run at the acclaimed Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt. Taking place at the Taichung Info-Box July 26-September 23, the exhibition features concepts of open structures which embrace aspects of community and permeability of form in response to climate and nature.

Urban Redevelopment Project at Tainan Main Station Area / Maxthreads

Courtesy of Maxthreads
Courtesy of Maxthreads

The second prize winning vision for the Urban Redevelopment Project at Tainan Main Station Area responds to the extending aim of positioning Taiwan in general, and Tainan city in particular, as a major historical based tourism destination. Designed by Maxthreads, their strategy attempts to contribute to Taiwan’s economic diversification from its current infrastructure lead planning system. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hunya Chocolate Museum / J. J. Pan & Partners

  • Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
  • Location: Taoyuan City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan 330
  • Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
  • Project Team: Joshua Jih Pan, Chungwei Su, Steven B.J. Chen, Ady Tsai, Gungo H.Y. Lin Tien-Tso Huang, Wen-Chi Wang, Shiao-Mei Shih, John S.W. Liang
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs:  Vesper W. S. Hsieh

©  Vesper W. S. Hsieh ©  Vesper W. S. Hsieh ©  Vesper W. S. Hsieh ©  Vesper W. S. Hsieh