Synthesis Design + Architecture’s new proposal for Keelung Harbor Terminal is centered around creating a new local landmark for the budding city by incorporating bold references to the historical and cultural background of the city.
The patterning that tessellates across the surface takes its form from the Chinese translation of the city’s name, the Hen Cage, while the overall form is based off of the aerodynamic shells of luxury racing yachts. Achievement of such a form would need further exploration into the composite industry, its materials, and their limits.
The Keelung Harbor Terminal project not only strives to give character to the city and the waterfront, but also will serve as a circulation node and direct pedestrians across the water and to surrounding buildings. SDA’s focus on generative design helps to optimize the design to respond and harvest wind and sun patterns to reduce energy use. Not only that, but the process would help them to merge both skin and structure.
A generative process was also used when assigning program to the overall structure. This exploration and application of different materials coupled with programmatic overlaps and smooth transitioning between spaces allows for the terminal to give the user three different and unique experiences when inhabiting the space.
By Lyly Huyen
Architects: Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA)
Location: Keelung, Taiwan Structural, MEP, Facades,
Environmental: Buro Happold
Visualization: OneView CG
Team: Alvin Huang (Design Principal), David O. Wolthers (Project Architect), Filipa Valente, Chia-ching Yang, Joey Sarafian, Behnaz Farahi, Mo Harmon
Client: Port Of Keelung;
Program:International Passenger and Cargo Cruise Terminal, Office Tower, Retail + Amenities
Status: Competition Entry