“The revival of the Port of Kaohsiung must operate as a kind of urban magnet attracting the disparate elements of the surrounding city. The essence of the urban experience is obtained by strategically positioning public and landscape facilities to create tensions of polarity and contrast. Purposely generate open spaces around each element for flexibility of spontaneous moments.”
A common phenomenon for today’s industrial port cities is its disconnection from the sea, although the city’s growth was directly stimulated because of its proximity to the ocean. This results in thriving seaside cities where valued waterfront land deserted and severed from the city. As the remediated land is reclaimed, its renewal needs to be both porous, like a sponge, to absorb the existing urban situations and also flexible to embrace new urban surprises.Unlike its predecessor, the rebirth of Pier 11-15 can no longer purely extract from its natural environment, rather it needs be a perfect union of program distribution, architectural elements, and ecological moments that provide both rehabilitation of the site and new sustainable environments.
Equally, in the same way the old port economically facilitated the city in the past, the same land area should also generate the same economic benefits through arts and culture.Exciting pop events happens in unexpected places, attracting seekers of culture and music, located outside of the typical controlled concert environments. To stimulate this objective, the essence of the urban experience must be created by strategically positioning public facilities and landscape to create tensions of polarity and contrast. Purposely creating open space around each element allows for flexibility of spontaneous moments and growth of future expansion where cultural elements can be slowly integrated to further intensify the Port of Kaohsiung; thus creating an urban tissue that consists of small individual segments, with public facilities embedded in it and public spaces carved out from it to create natural encounters.
- Client: Kaohsiung City Government
- Location: Kaohsiung Taiwan
- Project Area: 120,000 m2
- Construction Cost: 4,395,000,000 NTD
- Program: Master Plan, Museum, Pop Center, Retail, Offices,Observatory, Urban Landscape
- Status: Competition
- Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Effi Meridor, Alice Chen, Lee Ying Njoo, Estefania Perea, Robertson Smith, Edward Steed
- Local Consultant: YCFA
- Structure: Desimone
- Landscape: BAM
- Acoustic Consultant: Shen Milsom Wilke