suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
florencia PITA: The Ferry Port Terminal is a building arranged as a block, the block that defines the building’s boundaries form an enclosure that is penetrated by a number of objects. Sixteen large skylights perforate the surface of this block; they not only distribute the light to the lower levels but also act as structural artifacts. The top surface of this block is designed as a landscape, one that is populated by the engorged cones of the skylights and also by the unique volumes of the three towers. This landscape is the connecting tissue for the towers and also an urban field for the city.
The towers are very distinct objects, with unique features, the original forms were smooth primitives that have been carved out to create openings and transparency, those indentations and subtractions (coded in colorful tones, in contrast to the grey overall surface of the building) are not mere decorations, they are active interfaces for light, air and views. Instead of thinking of the office towers as typical volumes dressed in sleek curtain walls, we imagine them with a more complex diversity of enclosure, which would give more chances to create different types of spaces and arrangements.
The roof of the Kaohsiung Ferry Port Terminal is a ‘Suspended Landscape’, one that is perforated and also poked by objects of accentuated outlines, the towers and the skylights. The play of the two anthologies (the landscape and the object) insists on an architecture that is not continuous, instead it outlines an architecture of both eccentricities and nuance.
Pil-Sun Ham, Tristan Brasseur, Erin Lani, Sean Markle, Sara Blahut.