Kinmen Passanger Service terminal
A ferry terminal and service centre, Taiwan ,2013-2014
The new Kinmen Passenger Service Centre is a bold and innovative maritime portal for passenger travel to and across Taiwan and a spearhead development within the current Shueitou port masterplan.
Inspired by the local Taiwanese building tradition, The Port terminal extends playfully the elegant use of overhangs and swallowtail roofs in the local architecture; creating a large span structure which shelters the public space , and resulting in an impressive maritime portal to Kinmen and Taiwan. Rising slowly from the ground, The terminal roof exposes a sheltered garden entrance towards the main Park Avenue , inviting visitors from both Duty Free mall and Convention/Exhibition Centre as well as the local community to explore and access its main central entrance plaza and grand ‘Garden Foyer’.
Visitors entering the main terminal hall split in two streams according to their destination (int'/domestic) with Arrivals and Departures functions divided vertically in two levels. The building's main focal points include a foyer garden and the internal atrium which connects vertically the public spaces of both Domestic and international visitors and help orchestrating the flows through the building
Both the foyer and main atrium space are covered with large span shell structures flooded with natural light and allow fresh air intake when desirable. The building is not only a well functioning and innovative transportation hub but is ultimately a destination point, an eventful and spatially rich journey experience for the visitors and locals alike.
Design Architect : ShaGa Studio + MaDG
Engineering : D'Appolonia S.p.A
Port Facilities Specialists : Stazioni Maritime Genova S.p.A