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New Keelung Harbor Service Project, Neil M. Denari Architects, Taiwan architecture, ETFE skylights, stainless steel mesh façade, port terminal

The winning proposal for the New Keelung Harbor Service Project, designed by Neil M. Denari Architects, focuses on its relationship with the site and draws from it the design guidelines in terms of massing, materials and colors. Located in Keelung, Taiwan, the new port will serve up to 10,000 cruise ship passengers a day. The terminal is scheduled to enter construction in 2013.

The phasing of the construction process precipitated the terminal’s linear organization. The main entry and boarding corridor are located at +7m, while the shopping mezzanine and boardwalk are at +13m. Shaped by these parameters as well as the functional circuitry of the various pathways and hardware of movement, the terminal extracts formal properties from programmatic limits. ETFE skylights hover over voids lined with stainless steel mesh, a diaphanous surface intended to refract light into the terminal spaces. The Northern end of the terminal turns vertical as it supports a cantilevered scenic restaurant, which itself becomes a bridge to the second phase office complex. Below the Gateway Tower is a boardwalk called “the Shoelace” that forms a connective loop / roundabout to other directions on the boardwalk level.

New Keelung Harbor Service Project, Neil M. Denari Architects, Taiwan architecture, ETFE skylights, stainless steel mesh façade, port terminal

Across the main drop off road, the main office building which will house the Harbor authority, police station, a large post office transfer facilities, a weather station, and a vast array of harbor support offices, is a 53,000 square meter, 70 meter tall structure. Based on a courtyard type, the building is a distorted and punctured form whose specific cantilevers and surface orientations are based on prevailing views and breezes. Punched windows move across two floors and in various directions, two attributes that change the perception of the size of the building.

New Keelung Harbor Service Project, Neil M. Denari Architects, Taiwan architecture, ETFE skylights, stainless steel mesh façade, port terminal

New Keelung Harbor Service Project, Neil M. Denari Architects, Taiwan architecture, ETFE skylights, stainless steel mesh façade, port terminal

New Keelung Harbor Service Project, Neil M. Denari Architects, Taiwan architecture, ETFE skylights, stainless steel mesh façade, port terminal

New Keelung Harbor Service Project, Neil M. Denari Architects, Taiwan architecture, ETFE skylights, stainless steel mesh façade, port terminal

New Keelung Harbor Service Project, Neil M. Denari Architects, Taiwan architecture, ETFE skylights, stainless steel mesh façade, port terminal

 

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