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Title: THE TERMINAL AS A MOVEMENT SYSTEM : KEPPEL INTERNATIONAL CRUISE TERMINAL
Authors: LEONG WEN YAO
Keywords: Architecture
Kazuhiro Nakajima
Thesis
Issue Date: 30-Oct-2009
Citation: LEONG WEN YAO (2009-10-30T04:57:36Z). THE TERMINAL AS A MOVEMENT SYSTEM : KEPPEL INTERNATIONAL CRUISE TERMINAL. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Keppel International Cruise Terminal is essentially designed as movement systems through the use of technology. Two main flows occur – passengers and baggage – and both move in two opposing currents: outwards and inwards. The imperative of movement in the allocation of space, the ordering system of structure, the handling of light and the experience of the various users form the core design intention of this thesis project. Spaces and routes are define using different sizes or volumes of internal space to help the traveller to know whether a particular corridor or concourse is a major or minor one. The hierarchy of routes through the terminal and the size of spaces are designed to correspond. Materiality through the juxtaposing use of ETFE cushion and the green roof system accentuated this concept. This orchestration of space and materiality into several recognizable hierarchies allows passengers to find their way around with minimum of fuss. The role of the primary element of structures in this project is both to support the terminal physically and to support the perception of major routes psychologically. Structures are designed at specific angles to guide passengers through complex space, indicate of direction of flow or to provide scale in a large public area. Structure is used as a means by which direction can be indicated and rhythms of movement can be articulated. Light, like space and structure, is viewed as a major tactile material in its own right. In exploiting light, the path of the sun is consciously determined. The orientation of the terminal building allows sunlight into the core of the building making it a central point of orientation. ETFE cushion system, with the help of its frits and air pressure, controls the amount of sunlight entering the building which in turn helps to articulate space and animate the structural elements of the terminal, facilitating passengers in their perception of the building and uplifting their spirit. The degree of light intensity aims to distinguish major routes from minor routes through the terminal. Solar films are attached to the flexible ETFE cushion at strategic position to harness solar energy creating a positive energy envelope. The terminal is also designed with minimum surface area directly facing the sun. Last but not least, this integration of materiality, space, structure and light reinforce the user experience of this Terminal.
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