Ishigami Wins Port of Kinmen, the Latest High-Design Port in Taiwan

Ishigami + Associates' winning scheme (Kinmen Harbor Bureau)

Ishigami + Associates’ winning scheme (Kinmen Harbor Bureau)

As we’ve noted before, water-surrounded Taiwan has become ground zero for ambitious port projects, from Neil Denari’s Keelung Harbor to Reiser Umemoto’s  Kaohsiung Port Terminal. The latest, the Port of Kinmen Passenger Service Center, has just been awarded to Japanese firm Junya Ishigami + Associates, for a series of undulating landform buildings that all but disappear beneath their green roofs. Second and third place went to California firms, Tom Wiscombe Architecture, for a design featuring five crystalline structures hovering over a large box, and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA), for a grid of folded triangular planes weaving through and above a public park. Runners up were Spanish firms EMBT and Josep Mias Gifre.

Interior of Ishigami scheme (Port of Kinmen)

Interior of Ishigami scheme. (Kinmen Harbor Bureau)

The $62 million Passenger Service Center, located on an island off the Taiwanese mainland, will contain facilities for domestic and international ship arrival, port offices, and commercial, equipment, and administrative uses. The jury included, among others, Japanese architect June Aoki, Mark Robbins, president of the American Academy in Rome; and Jonathan Hill, professor of architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. The center is expected to eventually accommodate 5 million passengers yearly.

Tom Wiscombe Architecture's 2nd place proposal (Tom Wiscombe Architects)

Tom Wiscombe Architecture’s 2nd place proposal (Tom Wiscombe Architects/ Kilograph)

Interior of Wiscombe entry (Tom Wiscombe Architecture/ Kilograph)

Interior of Wiscombe entry (Tom Wiscombe Architecture/ Kilograph)

LOHA's third place entry (LOHA)

LOHA’s third place entry (LOHA)

LOHA entry as seen from its park. (LOHA)

LOHA entry as seen from its park. (LOHA)

EMBT's Honorable mention entry (Kinmen Harbor Bureau)

EMBT’s Honorable mention entry (Kinmen Harbor Bureau)

Josep Mias Gifre's Honorable Mention entry (Kinmen Harbor Bureau)

Josep Mias Gifre’s Honorable Mention entry (Kinmen Harbor Bureau)

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