Finalist for the Kaohsiung Port Services Centre International Competition JET Architecture
The project “Openair” entered for the International Competition for Kaohsiung Port Services designed by JET Architecture aims to pursue and engulf the energetic, radiant and historical city of Kaohsiung, located in Taiwan. It combines conventional passive strategies with more modern technological applications which allows Openair to extend and welcome the temperate climate into multiple opened and confined areas.
The Port Services Centre Terminal is enclosed by the sea and the city which assists in providing a more refreshing and impressive scenery that allows individuals to be captured and immersed in the environment. Kaohsiung is one of the oldest cities in Taiwan and has always been seen as a prime area for sea ports, becoming the most influence aspect that will elevate Taiwan’s economical stance in the future.
The city also hosted the 2009 World Games which was seen as a of turning point that kind of converted Kaohsiung status from a historical landmark into a international and social complex. The transforming nature of the city serves as a historical proof to the residence who are also accustomed to the necessities of change, especially those implemented in the postwar era.
The exterior of the building also possess an inviting nature as the structure is raised and supported by key programs. The outdoor environment also seems to be drawn into the central area where it kind of integrates public areas within the building envelope. The building also displays and highlights specific public areas and also illustrates the impact of technological application in enhancing the overall experience.
Architects: JET Architecture
By Amal Dirie
Courtesy of JET Architecture