Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center

Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C. | 2010


A cruise ship terminal and port service center in Taiwan, Kaohsiung Port Terminal’s dynamic 3-dimensional urbanism takes advantage of the site’s unique lateral positioning with respect to the city grid. Existing public pedestrian flows along the proposed elevated boardwalk can be amplified, rather than interrupted by creating a continuous elevated public esplanade along the waterfront. Cruise and ferry functions, meanwhile, are located just below the public level and are kept distinct to maintain secure areas for departing/arriving passengers.


The Main Hall splits up into three different partitions, each related to a different itinerary for travelling by ship, while the concourses are oriented parallel to the waterfront to maximize the interface between water and land. By vertically separating the functions of the general public, port business, and travelers along this waterfront edge we are able to keep the various operational uses highly efficient while at the same time allowing for the synergy of mixed functions for the general public. Vertical circulation is organized around thickened zones in the building’s skin which also house structure, utilities, and ventilation. The structure is a system of nested, long-span shells, which are composed of an underlying steel pipe space frame which is sandwiched by cladding panels to create a usable cavity space. Overall an experience of directed yet functionally separated flows will lend an aura of energy to the point terminal space.


An essential component to the vitality of the Port Terminal Project is the connection to a proposed elevated public space along the waters’ edge. The importance of this waterfront space which is distinct yet connected to the city of Kaohsiung is inestimable. The boardwalk links the new Pop Music Center, the arts and shopping districts within a green necklace along the waterfront. The boardwalk will be a 24 hour space that fosters shopping, dining, and recreation. Moreover, connection to this vital public conduit will ensure the continuous economic viability of the port terminal, sustaining and amplifying the periodic maritime uses of the cruise terminal and ferries.


The Kaohsiung Port Terminal recently received the 2014 Progressive Architecture Award.

Project Info

Scheduled Completion, 2017  |  Site Area: 36,883m²  |  Type: Cruise Terminal, Port Service Center, Retail, Restaurant  |  Structure: Multiple


Project Credits


Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto


Design Team

Neil Cook, Michael Overby, Juan De Marco, Kris Hedges, Eleftheria Xanthouli, John Murphy, Joy Wang, Hilary Simon, Massimilano Orzi, Toshiki Hirano, Ryosuke Imaeda, Xian Lai, Jasmine Lee


Interns and Assistants

Emily Cass, Sonia Flamberg, Fan Wu, Xian Lai, Ana Morris, Sylvia Lee


Competition Team

Neil Cook, Michael Overby, Juan DeMarco, Devin Jernigan, Michal Golinski, Leigh Jester, Libby Dierker, Sonya Chao, Ana Untiveros-Ferrel, Erin Kelly, Robert Cha, Alan Kwan


Structural Engineer

Ysrael A. Seinuk , PC, New York, NY (Schematic Design), Supertek, Taiwan (Detailed Design)


MEP, Sustainability, Port Planning and Logistics

ARUP, Hong Kong (Schematic Design), I.S.Leng, Godson


Facade Consultant

Meinhardt, Hong Kong


Lighting Consultant

Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design Office, Japan, Fomolux


Architect of Record

Fei and Cheng and Associates, Taipei, Taiwan

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