Keelung Gateway Port Terminal

Keelung, Taiwan
Asymptote's design for a new 270,000sqm urban addition
to Keelung's harbor is designed to create an impressive gateway to this port city and to the nearby Capital of Taipei.
Design Concept
At grade-level pedestrian connections enable full access from the city to the new facility on the cities edge. Such direct
and fluid urban connections also help integrate the Gateway Port Terminal into Keelung's new urban greenway plan currently under development. Asymptote's Gateway Port Terminal provides both an iconic presence against the dramatic backdrop of Keelung and a vital new public urban destination that will
be a catalyst for the future development of Keelung. The design features a 70m high tower from which the terminal facilities extend and dramatic canopies float above new public spaces.

The architectural approach was conceived of as a response to the intense and natural beauty of the surrounding mountains
and environs. Here the architecture is designed specifically to meld the environment, the public realm and a specific cultural
and commercial programing symbiotically with the port terminal utilitarian function as a functioning and busy port terminal.
Urban Side
On the urban city side, the building provides a distinctive and elegant presence while framing views through and beneath the building to the waters edge and beyond. The Terminal itself is slightly elevated allowing for an efficient flow of both vehicular traffic (to both upper and lower levels for drop-off and pick-up) as well as for the public to seamlessly engage with the architecture and its internal and external spaces.
Public Space
Asymptote's strategy for integrating public space with the function of such a busy harbor facility ensures that the Keelung Gateway Port Terminal as a viable and animated welcome presence for the city though the night and daytime. The exterior public spaces
of the gateway function 24 hours a day and create a unique and activated plaza in the city.
Atrium and Circulation
The Plaza itself connects directly to the controlled spaces within the Terminal proper, winding up and around a dramatic light filled atrium. A second circulation system, spatially integrated with public circulation also traverses the immense interior atrium, providing efficient and direct access between the secure passenger zones and the ticketing and arrival levels.
Project Information
Date: 2012

Size: 270,000 m2

Location: Keelung, Taiwan

Design Team:

Architect: Asymptote Architecture

Design: Hani Rashid, Lise Anne Couture

Project Director: John Guida

Design Team: Bika Rebek, Danny Abalos, Du Ho Choi, Kadri Kerge,

Hong Min Kim, Kane Yanagawa, Liam Lowry

Jack Gaumer, Madeeha Merchant, Maja Ozvaldic, Matthew Slattery,

Mu-Jung Kang, Oliver Dibrova, Sang Joon Park, Valentina Soana, Yu Ping Hsieh


Local Architect: Artech Architects (Taipei)

Structural Engineer: Knippers Helbig Stuttgart

Traffic Engineer: ECDI (Taipei)

Sustainability Consultants: Atelier 10

Cruise Terminal Consultants: PMG (Philip Crannell) / Parsons Brinkerhoff