Keelung New Harbor Service Building Competition Entry / ACDF Architecture

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The design proposal for the New Harbor Service Building aims to reject grand architectural gestures that deliberately exist out of context for the sole intent of making a grandiose statement. ACDF Architecture rejects the use of elaborate sculptural forms that are fashionable, or are required to compensate for poorly planned design that does not respond to the local environment. They favor an architecture that portrays a creative, site specific design that is “grounded” in the local context. More images and architects’ description after the break.

A Residential Pavilion & Landscape of Hai Hau-The Great / Arcadian Architecture+Design

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Architects:
Location: City, Taiwan
Architect In Charge: Alex Yu
Design Team: Jerry Chang, Kobe Lin, Ru-Hsien Huang, Cheng-hui Lo, Chiao-wen Lo, Hanawa Ho, Tzi-Jui Chiang
Interior Designer : Rich Honour Design Group / Ren’e Li
Client: Hai Hau Constructions
Area: 530 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

Keelung Harbor Competition Entry / PAR + SES

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Designed by PAR (Platform for Architecture + Research) and SES (Sériès et Sériès), their stage two finalist entry for the Harbor competition adopts a form that resists easy classification to free-associate with successive symbols of the utilitarian, the industrial, the poetic. Becoming a landmark in the harbor city, it combines maximum artistry with maximum efficiency. The new harbor project is only one piece in a larger green network that links public open space with waterfront amenities throughout the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dadong Art Center / Cie + MAYU architects

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Architects: de Architekten Cie + MAYU architects
Location: Kaohsiung City,
Structural Engineer: Arup Amsterdam + Tien-Hun Engineering Consultant Inc.
Acoustics Consultant: Peutz & Associates + Gade & Mortensen Akustikk + Prof. Wei-Hwa Chiang NTUST
Environment Technology Consultant: Hander Engineering & Construction Inc. + I. S. Lin & Associates
Area: 36,470 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yu-lin Chen, Guei-Shiang Ke

Hotel Dua / Koan Design

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

U-House / Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates

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Architects: Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Project Team: Hsuyuan Kuo, Effie Huang, ChengHsuan Hung, HungChih Wei, LiuYin Lin
Year: 2012
Area: 355 sqm
Photographs: Lee & Zheng

Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates

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

Housing in Taipei / Chin Architects

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Architects:
Location: Taipei City, 
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
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

Shih Chien University Gymnasium and Library / Artech Architects

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Architects: Kris Yao | Artech Architects
Location: , 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
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

New Harbor Service Building / IaN+

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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

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Yesterday, we announced that Los Angeles based Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), in collaboration with Taiwanese architectural firm , have been selected as winner of a highly publicized, international competition for the new 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

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Neil M. Denari Architects has been announced as winner of a two-stage, international competition for the new Keelung Harbor Service Building in ’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.

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Despite unique climate challenges in the city of , 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

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

Venice Biennale 2012: Taiwan Pavilion

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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)

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The proposal for the New 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

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The international competition for a new service building in ’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.

Hongzhu Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

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Architects: Lab Modus
Location: ,
Design Team: Kevin Chang, Jay Lin, Will Hsieh, Yi-Li Lin
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Chih-Ming Wu