Keelung is the port of Taipei, the capital of the island of Taiwan. Located 30 km to the north of the capital, it is one of the most important container ports in Asia.
Keelung has all the vitality of a major port, with one of the most bustling night-time markets in the Far East and an extensive and multifarious central commercial area adjoining the port. The city nevertheless bears the traces of rapid economic growth. Its principal transportation infrastructures —roads, railway lines, and the port itself— continue to limit the creation of quality public spaces of in the downtown area.
Designed by Guallart Architects with its local partner J.M.Lin The Observer Design Group, Keelung Port project is a part of the plan: “to create new ‘Gateways’ in Taiwan, oriented toward defining the interaction between the port and the city.”
Keelung has emerged with notable success from the quantitative phase of its urban development. The strength of its economy, the youth of its population and the sustained growth experienced in recent decades have given rise to a vital and dynamic city.
To move on to the qualitative phase, of improving the quality of life of the citizens, of reordering the most important spaces and of creating an innovative, cutting-edge urban image, architecture alone is not sufficient: this is the moment for urbanism, for concerted action that will establish relationships between the different pieces that make up the central space of the city.
Specific strategies of the project:
- To create a symbolic and functional centrality.
- To reinforce the urban structure connecting the east and best of the city with a civil axis.
- To obtain new spaces of public amenities.
- To reinforce relational uses.
- To reorganize the transport area.
- To restructure the area of socio-cultural amenities.
- To extend the area of pedestrian connection.