Architects: Kris Yao | Artech Architects
Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Clients: China Steel Corporation (CSC)
Design Team: Willy Yu, Hua-Yi Chang, Nai-Wen Cheng, Jun-Ren Chou, Yen-Hsun Li
Site Area: 11,037 sqm
Lot Coverage Area: 2,590 sqm
Total Floor Area: 81,054
Completion: Expected 2012
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng
AGER Group’s Boston Studio won an Excellence Award winning first prize for the Kaohsiung Port Station Urban Design competition initiated by the Urban Development Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government in Taiwan. The 15.42 hectare site is located between the Hamasen and Yenchen historic commercial centers of the 1920’s and 40’s and at the intersection of three of Kaohsiung’s thriving neighborhoods home of the recent Maritime Music Center and Port Terminal competitions. The competition aimed at transforming the historic rail yard and port station into a new city destination, creating a progressive model for local urban renewal. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The competition was initiated by the city government of Kaohsiung to transform the derelict site of the old railyards and port station from a barrier between two important areas of the city (the Hamasen and Yancheng districts), into a connective piece of the urban fabric. The stated ambitions by the client for the 15.42 hectare site are to highlight the cultural heritage of the site’s former function while introducing new programmes and building volume to accommodate city expansion. These twin objectives are to be achieved in a phaseable and highly sustainable manner. Since a large portion of the site and existing railway buildings are designated as historical monuments, the central challenge of the brief was to strike a balance between the desire for cultural preservation/revitalization, introducing new development onto the site, and establishing enough connections across site to transform the area from an urban barrier into an urban connector.
Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Popular Music Center International Competition / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
The Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural and Popular Music Center evokes a giant vessel moored at the quay. Both preposterous and appropriate, the Center is the icon, the scenic landmark. The concept is that of a dynamic, vertical-horizontal public space—a twenty-four-hour attraction. By day the Center is an iconic silhouette against the Kaohsiung sky and by night a luminous showplace, an animated marquee on a grand scale. It is a symbol for the city and a place for all the people—a great symbol of Kaohsiung’s maritime heritage and its music industry future. It is a place where everyone can experience the loftiest position of privilege and the most serene moment of peace and contemplation, a place where the youth of the city and its internationally renowned community of commerce can come together to celebrate, party and relax in the beauty of their home—a place of origins, new and old.
Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center Proposal / JET Architecture, CXT Architects & Archasia Design Group
JET Architecture in joint venture with CXT Architects and Archasia Design Group earned an Honorable Mention for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition in September 2010. Their entry, “Openair,” ranked in the top five, advancing the scheme to the second stage of the competition. Now, they decided to submit their competition entry for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition to Azure’s AZ AWARDS, the magazine’s first annual international competition recognizing excellence in design. The project was chosen as a finalist for the AZ AWARDS in the Concepts: Unbuilt Competitions Entries category and is eligible for the AZ People’s Choice Awards. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Formerly called “Dagouyi” and built in 1908, Kaohsiung Port Station was the first train station in Kaohsiung and a terminal station of Taiwan north-south railway line. The freight service of the Station was terminated in 2008 that put an end to the train service of Kaohsiung Port Station. So Kaohsiung Port Station has witnessed the centurial history of Taiwan railway.
The Kaohsiung Port Station occupies 15 hectares of land and plays a pivotal role in revitalizing the Hama Sen area and the old Yancheng community. The Kaohsiung City Government has registered the Station as a historical building and included it in the urban planning as the foundation for cultural preservation and redevelopment of the area.
The City Government holds this urban design competition in the hope to invite creative design ideas conducive to the preservation and revitalization of railway culture and innovative development themes that could be used as a guide for conceiving space management strategies for redevelopment of the area in the future. For more information, visit the competition’s official website.
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects shared with us their proposal for the Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural and Popular Music Center, an international competition that finds its inspiration in the vibrancy of Kaohsiung City and its maritime culture, and in the energy and phenomenon of popular music. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center Competition proposal / Malone Chang + Yu-lin Chen Architects
Our latest proposal for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition proposal comes from Malone Chang + Yu-lin Chen Architects (in association with OZ-P and You-Yi Lu Architect). More images and architect’s description after the break.
For more on this project come back after the break.
Asymptote Architecture and Artech Architects were awarded a close second place finish for the Kaohsiung Marine Gateway project. The project proposes a 200m long structure situated between two 14 story towers located at the cities newly developed harbor edge. The proposal calls for a new urban intervention at the cities waterfront combining both cultural and commercial aspects with the port terminal functions the building is designed to house. The buildings technological envelope and architecture and is designed to be a striking and elegant addition to the quickly changing city of Kaohsiung and to act as a catalyst for unique and sustained urban development over the coming years and decades.
Further description and renderings of Asymptote Architecture and Artech Architects proposal after the break.
For the winning proposal by Reiser + Umemoto click here.
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
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: Courtesy of Asymptote Architecture