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The Kaohsiung Port Terminal Marks the Meeting of Land and Water

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: Nov 11, 2013 • References: reiser-umemoto and bustler.net
It almost looks as if a giant sea creature has beached itself within this Taiwanese harbor, but you're looking at the Kaohsiung Port Terminal. This impressive and abstract project by Reiser + Umemoto negotiates the meeting of soil and sea, sending off and receiving travelers by a high volume of cruise ships.

The structure of the marine transportation hub is a futuristic one of sinuous lines that form monumental masses, bending up into a tower that appears like the massive fin of a shark or a dolphin. The distinctive sections of the building are designated to international and domestic arrivals and departures, laying out a streamlined program and circulation scheme that's as fluid as the Taiwan Strait.