"Port of Kinmen Botanical Bridge"
Designer(s): Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, United States
Category: Architecture Categories, Professional
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LOHA’s third prize-winning port for Kinmen, Taiwan, draws upon its community’s rich history of cultural collaboration and natural connectivity, intertwining ferry passenger operations with a public park that serves as an iconic gateway and enduring infrastructure for island residents and visitors.
Conceptualized as both a landscape and a building, the Port seeks to combine a waterfront park with a transport terminal. The project’s form is generated from a grid of folded triangular planes that weave the public park through and above its volume. The building becomes a prominent beacon for inbound ferry passengers while its peaks and folds undulate in harmony with the island’s hilly terrain.
The Port is both a gateway and a destination, melding performance with cultural heritage. Integrating the parkway into the form of the port terminal creates a unique typology uniquely suited to Kinmen’s future as a hub at the intersection of history, nature, and commerce.
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