Gallery: Wave-Shaped Solar Cruise Ship Terminal Envisioned for Taiwan

The project was inspired by the concept of the wave and incorporates the cruise port and terminal, with a public park, office building, and conference center, and many public functions.

Kaohsiung is growing rapidly as Taiwan’s largest port city, which has created the need for updated infrastructure that presents a cohesive and modern face to the city. The new cruise ship terminal will blend its boundaries into a large urban park nearby. The arched building slopes down into a low-angled urban park, which doubles as a green roof for the cruise terminal and underground parking.

The cruise terminal tower houses multi-functional spaces, a conference hall, and office spaces with views of the water and surrounding port. Inspired by the form of a wave, the arched roof is covered in building integrated solar panels, which are used as a design element as well as for power generation. Oriented on an east-west axis, the terminal would take advantage of the sun as it moves across the sky.

South-facing windows avoid direct solar gain with an adjustable louvered wall crafted from reused shipping containers. The building’s mixed-use space makes it a multi-functional addition to the city, and extra open built-in space will allow the terminal to be flexible for future uses.

+ Sun and Associates

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  1. archinaut November 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I love having a giant wave shaped building at the harbour in an region prone to tsunamis…keeps you on your toes.

  2. Dutch Barn with Peacefu... November 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

    […] away from the build site. As for the inspiration behind the roof’s shape, 24H says “Its waving pattern reflects the wind, like it makes waves in the water.” And it’s not just the roof that […]

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