Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has been named as the winner of a competition to design a ferry terminal for the Taiwanese island of Kinmen.
Under the title Landscape as a Monument, Ishigami envisions the Port of Kinmen passenger terminal as a 500-metre-long park resembling a "beautiful mountain range," in accordance with the natural landscape of the island, located off the coast of China.
"We would like to design this ferry terminal as a landmark that symbolises Kinmen Island," said Junya Ishigami + Associates in a statement.
"We believe that a landmark of a new era, rather than simply being an object of prominence, should be like an oasis where everyone, locals and visitors, feel at peace with themselves."
The structure will alternate between three and four storeys in height, creating a series of tiered rooftops that form the surface of the park.
"This roof of three levels creates a three-dimensional landscape, allowing people who visit to stroll around in various ways," said the studio.
A diverse variety of plants will be installed across these roofs. High-level windows will bring a sea breeze through the interior, while deep eaves will help to offer shade.
A Landscape as a Monument, a Ferry Terminal as a Park
We would like to design this ferry terminal as a landmark that symbolises Kinmen Island. We began by considering what indeed would be a landmark appropriate for this new era, in the context of us who live in the 21st century. We believe that a landmark of a new era, rather than simply being an object of prominence, should be like an oasis where everyone, locals and visitors, feel at peace with themselves. It requires an appeal that naturally leads us towards its this place, as if discovering an oasis in the desert. We would like to propose this ferry terminal, a vast artefact spanning over a length of 500 metres, as a beautiful "mountain range". We aim to design a rich ecological system in the artificial site.