Yokohama International Port Terminal
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Client: Port and Harbour Authority and the City of Yokohama, Japan
Date: 1995 Competition 1st Prize, 2002 Construction
Total Area: 48,000m2 complex including: 17,000m2 passenger handling zone for national and international passengers, custom and immigration procedures, 500m2 of shops, 3,000m2 of restaurants, 500m2 of conference space and parking space for 600 cars.
Budget: £150 million
FOA Partner in charge: Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi
Competition: Ivan Ascanio, Yoon King Chong, Michael Cosmas, Jung-Hyun Hwang, Guy Westbrook
Basic design: Felix Bendito, Victoria Castillejos, Dafne Gil, Jordi Mansilla
Detailed design: Kensuke Kishikawa, Yasuhisa Kikuchi, Izumi Kobayashi, Kenichi Matsuzawa, Tomofumi Nagayama, Xavier Ortiz, Lluis Viu Rebes, Keisuke Tamura.
Construction Phase: Shokan Endo, Kensuke Kishikawa, Yasuhisa Kikuchi, Izume Kobayashi, Kenichi Matsuzawa, Tomofumi Nagayama, Keisuke Tamura.
The Yokohama International Port Terminal is a transportation facility integrated with urban functions. The building is designed as an unfolding of the pier surface, simultaneously hosting the terminal functions and creating a very large urban park on the roof of the terminal.
The building is organised around a circulation system which challenges both the linear structure characteristic of piers, and the directionality of the circulation, using a series of interlocking circulation loops designed to produce an uninterrupted and multi-directional space.
The building was designed as a transformation of the circulation diagram into a folded and bifurcated surface which hosts the complementary programs. To maximize flexibility, a unique structural system is designed as an integral part of the folded surface, minimizing vertical structure.