Conor Barry

Conor Barry

New York, NY, US


Geoje Pier

The proposal is a new pier typology that aims to reduce the underused space of a traditional pier by incorporating a wider variety of programs for longer periods throughout the year. The scheme was designed with three primary functions in mind: Competitive Sailing Venue, Center for the Performing Arts and Public Amenity for the People of Geoje.

The goal is to embed the architecture into the marine environment. The pier acts as a bridge over the Chilcheon-do Strait and lives in the space between the tides. It connects two unused peninsulas on either side of the scenic channel to create a publicly accessible crossing that connects two urban centers. Tidal flux continuously molds the spaces on the pier’s surface and influences the activities that can take place, establishing an ever-changing network of programmatic density.

Large open spaces are provided to accommodate the temporary structures of international sailing events, which then provide a vibrant public amenity for the people of Geoje during quieter periods. The interior spaces beneath the pier include a dance studio, auditorium, visitor’s center, yacht club, cruise terminal and a marine equipment facility. A domed forum anchors the scheme and provides a multi-function community space to rejuvenate the rich maritime identity of the area.

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Status: School Project
Location: Geoje, South Korea