Thirteen years after its design won a global competition, the Kaohsiung Port Cruise Terminal finally opened last week…
Today’s open day coincided with a visit from the 824-passenger Nautica—a good test of the building’s separation of controlled and public spaces. (It seemed to pass.)
The terminal was designed by Reiser + Umemoto in collaboration with Arup (Hong Kong), Fei and Cheng and Associates (Taipei), PC (New York), and Ysrael A Seinuk (NY). They describe it as:
A dynamic, three-dimensional urban strategy for Kaohsiung’s waterfront edge, taking the form of an iconic cruise terminal, elevated public boardwalk, and office tower.
This is accurate. It’s one of those buildings that looks as good in person as it did during the concept stage.
I took my camera, but it was extremely crowded—moreso than it looks in these wide-angle photos—so I left it in my bag. My phone repeatedly overheated and shut down in the hot weather, so I’m hoping for a chance to return and take more considered shots.
In the meantime, here are some phone pics of this new addition to my neighborhood, a 10-minute walk from my apartment: