Yokohama, Japan | 1995


Our proposal for the Yokohama Port Terminal Competition was formulated in response to what we perceived to be the inherent duality between global systems of transport and exchange and the condition of the specific sites through which such systems cross. These conditions are exemplified by the port of Yokohama and specifically encoded within the program of the port terminal proper. This liminal condition prompted us to develop our proposal to encompass the general functional imperatives of the cruise terminal (as a smoothly functioning link between land and water transport) and the specific civic possibilities suggested by the pier configuration itself. Following from this, our proposal was conceived as an incomplete or partial building—partial both conceptually and formally—in recognition of the fact that such programs frame thresholds in two distinct yet overlapping continuums: in the cycle of embarkation and disembarkation of the cruise terminal, and at the civic level as a place of rest and recreation in the course of an excursion. Consequently, completion, both physically and virtually, is effected only periodically—in the linkage of terminal to cruise ship or in the closure of the completed urban event.

Project Info

Finalist International Competition  |  Type: Port Terminal  |  Length: 412m  |  Structure: Shed Building Comprised of Three Hinged Arch


Project Credits


Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto


Interns and Assistants

Yama Karim, Don Keppler, Jason Payne, Rhett Russo, Fadi Hakim, Lawrence Blau, Khalid Abdulkarim


Computer Work

Sean Daly


Laser Cutting


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