Fissures Port is a competition entry for a new 40,000 square meter port terminal located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Mathematics of fractals are known for measuring features of complex systems, enabling a variable degree of roughness and multiple orders of scale. Examples could be found in coastlines or intricacy of tree canopies. Applied here to synthesize architecture, the result is a highly heterogeneous spatial fabric, unfolding a multiverse of parallel awe-inspiring experiences within a single building.
Challenging the generic features of typical passenger terminals, travellers are passing through a series of cuts that provide different architectural experiences through strong vertical fissures. They are inspired by the intricate cliff formations found along Kaohsiung coastline.
Harnessing the complexity and intricacy found in nature, algorithms are encoded with relevant information to articulate the adaptive structure, interior, and exterior building skins. Collaboration with Rieder Fibre-C facade manufacturers provided data about the constraints for the facade systems, which allowed for every facade panel to be different. This could be achieved through the use of robotic manufacturing and innovative tagging technology on the construction site. Agents were coded with data from manufacturing, synthesizing the precise mathematical constraints with simulations of natural behaviour of a swarm. The result is a structure that is resonating complexity and intricacy found in natural cliffs and canyons, aesthetically rich and previously unseen.