Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Passenger Transportation District in Kaohsiung, Taiwan by Sun Architects
April 19th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
The Port of Kaohsiung is the largest port city in Taiwan. Yet, as of recent, Kaohsiung has become a modern metropolis. Because of this growth, the Port of Kaohsiung needs a proper gateway to the metropolis, promoting culture, entertainment, and green architectural urban design.
Our goal for this project is to create an environment that encompasses many features of the city of Kaohsiung. The entire site lies along the Marine water within the existing Kaohsiung port, which is a main feature of the site. The unifying concept of this project is the wave motion of the water in the port. The wave motion drove the design of the site and the new building. The industries provide the link to the rest of the world and Kaohsiung’s main cultural feature. We will transform the existing storage containers to become the building’s shading devices.
Our proposal incorporates the concept of the wave and the importance of the water to Kaohsiung’s economy. The project will create a green urban landscape that will serve not only as a cruise port and terminal, but also a public park, office building, conference center, and will serve many other public functions. The building will act to the water by extending the urban fabric and creating a visual landscape.
Our project will be designed with an eye to the 21st century in that will focus on green sustainability. Our designers have focused much time and energy into assuring that this project is environmentally sound. Our designs reflect our dedication and devotion to a sustainable future. For the entirety of our project, we wanted to articulate the city’s culture and important features within the new Cruise Terminal and Port Service Center while providing the Center with flexibility and room to grow and change with the city of Kaohsiung for many years to come.
We have placed the Port Service Center on the West side of the site, because most of the pedestrian traffic will come form the East and will more easily be able to access the roof-scape. The height of the building will also serve as a shading device for the roof park, as the taller portion of the building will cast a shadow upon the lower roof park during hours of direct Southwestern sun exposure.
The roof will be predominately green and will be lined with solar panels on the upper regions that receive the most direct sunlight. There will also be an adjustable louver system using recycle cargo containers, on the Southwestern facade of the building, to protect the interior from direct sun exposure, allowing the atmosphere in the building to be more easily maintained.
Our proposal incorporates the concept of the wave and the importance of water to Kaohsiung’s economy. The project will create a green urban landscape that will serve not only as cruise port and terminal, but also a public park, office building, and conference center, and will serve many public functions. The building will act as the frontier and connection from the city to the water by extending the urban fabric and creating a visual landscape.
Many double height spaces and clerestories have been incorporated in the design to allow for a more breathable atmosphere throughout the building. The double height spaces allow for many spatial connections.. The multifunction level overlooks the departure area, allowing for visual penetration of the building. In the Port Service Center, the fifth and sixth floors will be connected by a large atrium and staircase as well. This creates a common space for the employees of the office building, and provides a space for all of their specific services.
We want the grass roof area to be activated at all times and to be used as a public space where local people and visitors can enjoy their lunch, spend time with their friends and family, or just relax in the sun.
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