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  3. Neil M. Denari to Complete Taiwan’s New Keelung Harbor Service Building by 2017

Neil M. Denari to Complete Taiwan’s New Keelung Harbor Service Building by 2017

Neil M. Denari to Complete Taiwan’s New Keelung Harbor Service Building by 2017
Neil M. Denari to Complete Taiwan’s New Keelung Harbor Service Building by 2017, Courtesy of Neil M. Denari Architects
Courtesy of Neil M. Denari Architects

Servicing up to 10,000 cruise ship passengers a day, the New Keelung Harbor Service Building by Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA) is set to become a bustling hive of activity in Taiwan's Port of Keelung. The project takes a two-phase approach that unites a public plaza and service base with a restaurant and the terminal proper, using an office building to mediate between the two.

Occupying 117,000-square-meters and with a construction budget of TWD $5 billion, the project is slated for completion by December 2017.

Read more about the project and view selected images after the break.

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NMDA's Keelung Harbor Service Building was recently named one of six winners of ARCHITECT Magazine's Progressive Architects awards for 2015, which recognize projects "that fully embrace the context of their surroundings," and "exhibit both creativity and energy." Indeed, symbiosis with the Keelung site is at the forefront of the project, which "aims to fit in and at the same time be an assertive work."

Exploded Diagram
Exploded Diagram

A cantilevered scenic restaurant bridges the gap between the otherwise discrete components of the terminal and office building, unifying the project as a sculptural mass. Acknowledging Keelung's status as a major port city, the Service Building is projected as a "Gateway to the Nation," accommodating ship passengers and the city's 350,000 locals. The boardwalks and plazas will be open to the public 24 hours a day.

Courtesy of Neil M. Denari Architects
Courtesy of Neil M. Denari Architects

At ground level, a boardwalk and public plaza weave through the site's footprint, encouraging pedestrian traffic and providing a logic for interior circulation. A triangular plan is bordered by roads for taxis and other automobile transit, and intercut with green areas. The project also features ample parking facilities, with spaces for 1500 cars and scooters.

Courtesy of Neil M. Denari Architects
Courtesy of Neil M. Denari Architects

Other features include a green roof, warehouse space, and on-site chiller plant and sewage treatment facility.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Port of Keelung, Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, Taiwan 202
  • Principal

    Neil Denari, AIA
  • Project Architects

    James Black, Frank Weeks
  • Project Manager

    Yun Yun Wu
  • Design Team

    Jonathan Schnure, Jeff Chinn, Lillian Zeinalzadegan, Catherine Pham, Tyler McMartin
  • Competition Team

    Daniel Poei, Junpei Okai, Eli Arkin, Jonathan Gayomali, Francisco Martinez, Shen Li, Alex Tehranian
  • Collaborating Architect

    Fei and Cheng Associates, Taipei Taiwan
  • Structural Engineers

    Thornton Thomasetti, Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Facade Consultant

    Thornton Thomasetti, Los Angeles, CA USA
  • MEP Engineer

    Heng Kai, Taipei Taiwan
  • Lighting Designer

    Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design, Tokyo Japan
  • Signage Designer

    Kotobuki, Taipei Taiwan
  • Landscape Architects

    Environmental Arts Design
  • General Contractor

    Far Eastern General Contractor Inc.
  • Project Year

    2017

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Cite: Patricia Arcilla. "Neil M. Denari to Complete Taiwan’s New Keelung Harbor Service Building by 2017" 22 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/601344/neil-m-denari-to-complete-taiwan-s-new-keelung-harbor-service-building-by-2017/> ISSN 0719-8884
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