Keelung Harbor Service Building / 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 Harbor Service Building in ’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 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.

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

Kelti Center / Artech Architects

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

‘Breathing Architecture’ Exhibition / WOHA

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WOHA‘s traveling exhibition, ‘Breathing Architecture’, is on its way to , Taiwan after a successful run at the acclaimed Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt. Taking place at the 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

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The second prize winning vision for the Urban Redevelopment Project at Main Station Area responds to the extending aim of positioning in general, and 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

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Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
Location: , Taiwan
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

Khokak Panoram Resort / FCHY Architect Lab, C2H3.ch

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Architects: FCHY Architect Lab,
Location: Yunlin, Taiwan
Projecta Area: The main building: 1152 sqm, The secondary architecture 400 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: FCHY Architect Lab, Mimax Digital Technology Co.

In Progress: China Steel Corporation Headquarters / Artech Architects

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Architects: Kris Yao | Artech Architects
Location: Kaohsiung,
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

   

Lanyang Museum / Artech Architects

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Architect: Kris Yao | Artech Architects
Location: Yilan County,
Clients: Yilan County Government
Design Team: Glen Lu, Hua-Yi Chang, Fei-Chun Ying, Chih-Hao Chiang, Shun-Hui Chen, Tien-Kai Yang, Chii-Chang Jong, Christina Tseng, Lei Wang, Nina Yu, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo
Site Area: 39,426 sqm
Total Floor Area: 12,472.74 sqm
Completion: March 2010
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng, Chi-Yi Chang 

   

National Library of Public Information / J. J. Pan & Partners

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Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
Location: ,
Project Team: Joshua J. Pan, Jason Chen, Chih Ming Chang, Sheng Tien Yeh, Sheng-ping Lin, Wen Chih Wang, Chien Yuan Liang, Chia Jung Hsieh, Shih-Fang Huang.
Building Contractor: Kong Chou Construction Enterprise
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Wei-Shih Hsieh, JJPan

Multiple Natures / soma

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Placing second, behind Sou Fujimoto Architects’ winning proposal, the Austrian practice soma proposed a new tower typology, titled Fibrous Tower of Multiple Natures, for the Taiwan Tower International Competition in Taichung, . The conceptual drive for this tower comes from the desire to create a cultural landmark whose associations are multiple and dynamic, adapting with changing ideas about the nature of a skyscraper in an urban environment. Soma writes, “the tower should not state a fixed message, but trigger people to invent their own interpretations of the tower’s meaning”. How does soma accomplish this? Read on to find out.

Yuan Ze University Project / Santiago Calatrava

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The world-renowned architect, engineer and artist, Santiago Calatrava was recently commissioned by Yuan Ze University in to design an ambitious new building complex for its campus. The ambitious project, which will consist of a Performing Arts Center, a new Art and Design School and the Y.Z. Hsu Memorial Hall, which is dedicated to the university’s founder, Mr. Yu-Ziang Hsu, will mark Mr. Calatrava’s architectural debut in the country. More project description after the break.