Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has just been announced as the winner of the Port of Kinmen Passenger Service Center Competition. Titled “Landscape as a Monument,” the winning design comprises a lush, man-made mountain range that calls attention to the natural landscape of the Taiwanese island of Kinmen. Cloaked beneath an undulating 1,640 foot long park, the multifunctional center will act as an economic catalyst for the region and a symbol of sustainability.
Located close to China’s Fujian coast and the city of Xiamen, Kinmen serves as a major tourist attraction and gateway between mainland China and Taiwan. Topped by a rolling green park, the building will alternate between three and four stories in height. The accessible green roof will consist of a diverse planting palette with shrubs and grasses that can tolerate saline soils and salt spray.
Seen from a distance, the mountain-like landscape will serve as the foreground for the island’s rugged mountains. The building also draws on Kinmen’s traditional colonial architecture with its deep eaves and cross-ventilation design. The structure is expected to accommodate 5 million passengers annually.
Images via Port of Kinmen Competition