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The proposal by HMC Architects envisions an iconic gateway to the City of Kaohsiung, and a lens into the outer-world visualized from within. It creates a new urban datum—an inviting gesture—to allow a new connection between visitors, citizens, and the City of Kaohsiung. This gateway is designed to serve as a physical and economical impetus to the City’s goal of .transforming its waterfront from its industrial past into an inviting future

The proposed 300,000-SF, eight-story terminal is efficient, adaptive, and lucid while fostering a poetic and interactive space that embraces a vibrant urban serendipity. The program consists of cruise and international ferry terminals, 700-space subterranean parking garage, and a Port Bureau office. In a quest for calmness in the occasion of traveling, interior spaces are bathed with comfortable natural light and vistas to ocean and city to create an uplifting experience to maritime travelers and commuters. Its transparency optimizes wayfinding, a key element in mitigating people movement, allowing the building to effectively embrace its users’ constant motion and accommodate occasional sudden influx of massive .cruise passenger volume

As a sustainable structure that resonates seamlessly with its context, the building design is sculpted by the forces of nature. Its carefully calculated tilting self-shading exterior envelope closely calibrates with the path of the sun and wind to allow this mostly glass building to achieve outstanding energy performance. The extensive elevated boardwalk and green roof promote biodiversity and enhance planting green index to allow the design to target EEWH Silver certification. The design also qualifies for LEED Gold certification and may achieve .LEED Platinum certification with further evaluation

Kaohsiung is growing rapidly as Taiwan’s largest port city, which has created the need for updated infrastructure that presents a cohesive and modern face to the city. The new cruise ship terminal will blend its boundaries into a large urban park nearby. The arched building slopes down into a low-angled urban park, which doubles as a green roof for the cruise terminal and underground parking.

The cruise terminal tower houses multi-functional spaces, a conference hall, and office spaces with views of the water and surrounding port. Inspired by the form of a wave, the arched roof is covered in building integrated solar panels, which are used as a design element as well as for power generation. Oriented on an east-west axis, the terminal would take advantage of the sun as it moves across the sky. South-facing windows avoid direct solar gain with an adjustable louvered wall crafted from reused shipping containers. The building’s mixed-use space makes it a multifunctional addition to the city, and extra open built-in space will allow the terminal to be flexible for future uses.


Read more: Wave-Shaped Solar Cruise Ship Terminal Envisioned for Taiwan | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building the project will create a sustainable new gateway to the city and a major entertainment destination for residents. The site on the south-western tip of the old runway has dramatic unobstructed views of the eastern entrance to Hong Kong harbour, framing both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The terminal has a large, rectangular footprint and is arranged over three main levels, punctuated by four atria that draw daylight deep inside the building. A pedestrian promenade rises up through the terminal and opens onto a large public roof garden, with open and sheltered spaces for picnics, outdoor dining and more formal events such as wedding banquets, all set against the stunning backdrop of the city. The terminal will have the capacity to disembark a total of 8,400 passengers and 1,200 crew and its design also anticipates the demands of a new generation of larger cruise liners currently being designed. The spacious interior, which spans 70 metres, is highly flexible – the concourse areas can be converted into a venue for performances, events and exhibitions, supported by the terminal’s wide variety of restaurants and shops – this ensures that the building will be used all year round and can fully utilise down time. The sustainable design combines a number of energy saving measures and will generate power from renewable sources, as well as making use of recycled rain water for cooling. Mouzhan Majidi, Chief Executive of Foster + Partners, commented: “Today’s ceremony marks an exciting moment in the reinvention of Kai Tak – we were delighted to win the competition to design such an important new gateway to the city. The terminal will establish Hong Kong as a major cruise hub in Asia and, together with the West Kowloon Cultural District, will further enhance the city’s position as a centre for tourism and culture.”

JAJA Architects propose to create a waterfront park that connects to the adjacent park developments and stretches itself from each end of the "U"-shaped site. In the intersection by the Love River, they place the Maritime Culture and Pop Music Center that extends itself from street level across the river forming a scenic landmark in the shape of a Moon Bridge. The Moon Bridge will frame the river inviting public life from the Love River Park into the harbor - while allowing people across the river overlooking the city and harbor. It is a bridge but also an urban space, promenade, landmark and a building. It is a place that has enormous capacity for music events, exhibitions and urban life. Day and night. All year round. It is a project that dissolves the boundary between building, urban space and landscape. Interior and exterior. It is a project that combines all the conditions of the site and program to create an incubator for pop music, maritime history and public life.


The Moon Bridge is a tribute to the harbor, music and city. It is a Maritime Culture and a Pop Music Center that bridges the Love River - creating an unified waterfront and a scenic landmark.

The site is a part of Kaohsiung's ambition plan of creating a unified waterfront city. Today, the site is divided in two by the intersecting Love River. The Love River is the city's refuge by the water. It is the spine of the city where the urban spaces along the water stages a variety of markets, cafĂŠs and music events. This vast public life serves as a huge potential for the Maritime Culture and Pop Music Center and, vice versa, the new center can become a worthy entrance into the heart of the city.

an integrated events technology announces a flexible schedule of cultural, recreational events that will transform the zone from an arrival and departure point into an attractive, destination space.

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