Cruise Ship Terminal

Client: City of Keelung

Program: Cruise ship terminal

Size: 83,000 sqm

Budget: 140 million USD

Completion Date: July 15th 2012 competition

Built: Unbuilt

Material: NA

Architect: Herwig Baumgartner, Scott Uriu

Team: Nema Ashjaee, Aaron Ryan, Ricardo Lledo, Anthony Morey

Consultant: TCT architectural Resources (executive architect), Hsun-Yao Chang Architects (executive architect), Buro Happold (structural engineer)

Cruise Ship Terminal
The proposal for the Keelung harbor terminal building is intended to become an important landmark building for Keelung harbor and the region. Transportation hub designs have become increasingly protected and detached from the city. This proposal aims to rein vision the cruise ship terminal as a lively and integral part of the city. It endeavors to integrate the seemingly divergent uses by the general public, port businesses and the traveler by emphasizing public space and making it a key component of the design in form of a boardwalk and large plaza that connects all publicly accessible areas of the terminal with the adjacent commercial development and the city at large. The area will be truly integrated into Keelung’s hub of transportation, commerce, and recreation, allowing the Port to combine forces with the new rail station, freeway connections, bus station, and transit systems and help regenerate and define Keelung as a destination city of commerce, leisure, recreation, and entertainment. The architecture in its massing and aesthetic articulation, celebrates the crossing of the threshold between water and land. The terminal is formed by an elevated horizontal mass out of aggregated flute like volumes that run perpendicular to the waterfront and resolve into large openings along the boardwalk. On the street side a gateway tower, housing the new harbor building, rises out of this plinth, emphasizing the presence of this landmark building in the skyline of Keelung. From inside the terminal the large openings frame specific views into the harbor while from the water side they create a sense of arrival. Careful consideration was given to the design of the openings in the terminal hall and the tower. The distribution of these three dimensional apertures across the surface, their textures and colors create not only a iconic articulation of the exterior but also represent a spatial transition between water and land.