Hong Kong, HK | Beijing, CN
The revival of the port of Kaohsiung must operate as a kind of urban magnet attracting the disparate elements of the surrounding city.
The port’s rebirth can no longer purely extract from its natural environment, rather it needs be a perfect union of architectural elements and ecological moments.
A common phenomenon for today’s industrial port cities is its disconnection from the sea. This results in thriving seaside cities where valued waterfront land is deserted and severed from the city. As the re mediated 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. Just as the old port economically facilitated the city in the past, the same land now needs to provide the same economic benefits while at the same time clean the mess from its elder and also stimulating new ecological environments.
Exciting pop events happen 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.
The Maritime Museum integrates the urban city penetration with a visual and physical continuation of Xintian Rd. Axis till the water edge. This clear ‘cut’ through the Maritime Museum pure geometrical spherical form, creates a strong and energetic relationship with the Performance Theatre & Outdoor Performance, accentuating the sponginess and interrelation of the general master plan concept and at the same time, allowing a comfortable program division with different usable sizes exhibition areas on variegate levels. Added program on the 3rd level, 27 meters above the floor, creates a spectacular 360 degrees panoramic city view.
Status: Competition Entry