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Port and Cruise Service Center
Reiser + Umemoto

January 10, 2011 /

Southern Taiwan,

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The dynamic 3-dimensional urbanism takes advantage of the site's unique lateral positioning with respect to the city grid. 

Existing public pedestrian flows along the proposed elevated boardwalk can be amplified, rather than interrupted by creating a continuous elevated public esplanade along the waterfront. Cruise and ferry functions, meanwhile, are located just below the public level and are kept distinct to maintain secure areas for departing/arriving passengers.
 
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The boardwalk links the new Pop Music Center, the arts and shopping districts within a green necklace along the waterfront. The boardwalk will be a 24 hour space that fosters shopping, dining, and recreation. Moreover, connection to this vital public conduit will ensure the continuous economic viability of the port terminal, sustaining and amplifying the periodic maritime uses of the cruise terminal and ferries.

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The Main Hall splits up into three different partitions, each related to a different itinerary for traveling by ship, while the concourses are oriented parallel to the waterfront to maximize the interface between water and land.  By vertically separating the functions of the general public, port business, and travelers along this waterfront edge the architects were able to keep the various operational uses highly efficient while at the same time allowing for the synergy of mixed functions for the general public.

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Image courtesy Reiser + Umemoto (RUR)View from water

Vertical circulation is organized around thickened zones in the building's skin which also house structure, utilities, and ventilation. The structure is a system of nested, long-span shells, which are composed of an underlying steel pipe space frame which is sandwiched by cladding panels to create a useable cavity space.  Overall an experience of directed yet functionally separated flows will lend an aura of energy to the point terminal space.
 
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Facts about Port and Cruise Service Center

Architects:

Reiser + Umemoto (RUR)

Partner Architects:

Fei and Cheng and Associates

Structural Engineer:

Ysrael A. Seinuk, PC

Engineers:

ARUP

 

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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