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Keelung Cruise Terminal and Harbor Service Building

Role: Project Designer

The design of this competition proposal for the New Harbor Service Building Project in Keelung Harbor was inspired by the abstracted metaphor of the naturally rocky ecology and hilly terrain distinctive to the coastline of this northern Taiwan city.


The master plan is organized as a set of prominent “hill” formations to be constructed in three phases.  While this modern terminal building operates as an efficient maritime transportation hub for domestic and international travelers, it also intrinsically connects back to the city and functions as a unique recreational destination for the people of Keelung.  To achieve this, a public boardwalk/ urban garden is integrated into the roof design.   Retail shops, lounges, waterfront restaurants and landscaped plazas will also be located on the roof top level to attract visitors.


I was the lead project designer for this competition proposal.  This was one of three international design competitions in Taiwan I entered between 2011-2012.

Design by Howard Chen while at Quantum-AIP as Founding Partner/ Design Director (2009-2015)