In the international competition for the New Harbor Service Building in the major Taiwanese port city of Keelung, a shortlist of five teams has just been released. Among the nominees are well-known firms like Asymptote Architecture, Neil M. Denari Architects, and Mecanoo architecten. The international jury also included American architects Aaron Betsky and Michael Speaks. The final competition winner will be announced in September.
Here's the official press release from the competition organizers:
Summary: New Harbor Building in Keelung catches numbers of global international famous architecture masters’ eye on competing for five nominees titles and declares good news. award at the first place will be declared in September.
Located at the west wharf No. 4 extended to the west wharf No.6 in Port of Keelung, its base area close to 5 Ha, the total amount of construction expenditure reaches 4.2 billion. The total construction area of Harbor Building in the Passenger and Cargo Exclusive Zone at the west coast of Port of Keelung in this construction project reaches 36.6 thousand and the branch of Keelung Harbor Company takes the methodology of international competition, handling, and design. With twelve countries and with thirty one pieces of architectural artwork in competition, the consequence of stage one immediately unravels at July 19, 2012.
The five nominated groups are as follows:
- Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc. (USA);
- Platform for Architecture+Research (USA) and Series et Series (France);
- QUEBEC INC/ Alain Allard (Canada);
- Mecanoo Architecten (The Netherlands);
- Asymptote Architecture (USA) and 大元聯合建築師事務所 (R.O.C.)
After this international competition information formally declared at the early May of 2012, the subsidiary of Keelung Harbor Company received many of inquiries from overseas and domestic professional members in this industry another after another. Before the expiration date July 16, 2012, it is calculated that there are thirty one of architectural artworks from masters all over the world such as the Europe, the continent America, Japan, and so on competes and obtains the concern and the attention from architectural professionalists of respective countries. The subsidiary of Keelung Harbor Company is scheduled for inviting bases, introducing respective group from land to sea with different views and dimensions to comprehend bases for five nominated groups in the expectancy of proposing the planning and design layout diagram, model, and presentation close to Keelung till further winning the first place is competed at September 11, 2012 eventually.
At this stage of international competition jury, there are from Aaron Betsky and Michael Speaks overseas as well as Taiwan famous scholars and professionalists, including architecture Tsai Yuan-Liang, architecture Jin Guan-Yu, architecture Su Yu-Jer, professor Wan Ming-Hen, and engineer Wei Si-Jen of this company and so on. In the number of 7 people are present. According to the jury, competition architectural artwork at this time illustrates future vision of overall construction of west coast of Port of Keelung and its artwork is innovative and the level of creativity is so well.
The jury considers that nominated architectural design artwork are superb so that it could become the maritime landmark of world class for Port of Keelung when stage two competition takes place whoever the first place winner.
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