Island of Light
KAOHSIUNG PORT AND CRUISE CENTRE COMPETITION, 2010
liners approach a raised forest on an island of light
the ritual of arrival and departure performs under the shade of steel trees
The Island of Light lifts you delicately from the level of the land to the level of the
liner. The inclined mass of the building, perched on the waterfront, accommodates
the entire Port and Cruise Centre.
Out of the geological mass of striated louvers and slatted steps grows a biological
lightness. The forest of perforated steel trees on the inclined slope creates a cool
light filled hall for passengers. Around the glazed hall the biomimetic shell lace roof
provides shelter to visitors passing through or up and around the building.
At night the slatted island and the perforated trees become a glowing symbol for
the city. The archetypal image transcends culture, welcoming visitors and
celebrating the rituals of travel by sea.
Architects Tonkin Liu
Client Kaohsiung Port Bureau
Location Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Budget £ 54 million
Size 73,000 m²
Structural Engineers Arup
M & E Engineers Arup
Urban Planning & Transport JMP
Exhibitions RIBA Nash Ramblas 'Tailor-Made Architecture'
Publications Biomimicry in Architecture