Designed by HMC Architects, Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Terminal is located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The design solution is purposeful – its form emerges from various environmental and programmatic factors. The undulating skin is carefully calibrated to the path of the sun and wind in order to minimise the solar radiation, and the building envelope achieves efficient energy performance through the calculated curves and tilting for self-shading. It is an adaptive and sustainable design solution that takes inspiration from nature and seeks to provide a stimulating experience for the visitor.
The architects recognise that today’s terminal is no longer solely a transportation hub but rather an integration of social and cultural meeting places, so have allowed the public park to occupy the predominant roof top deck. The elevated boardwalk creates a new urban datum and links the pedestrian corridor, public park and terminal rooftop by a continuous landscape. The design provides spaces for leisure and relaxation amid the fast-paced movements.