Yokohama Ferry Terminal Tokyo, Picture, Transport Building, Architect, Design, Date

Yokohama Ferry Terminal

International Port Building Tokyo, Japan – design by Foreign Office Architects

15 Jun 2004

Yokohama International Port Terminal

Location: Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan
Date built: 2002
Design: Foreign Office Architects

Yokohama Ferry Terminal - Foreign Office Architects
photograph from Foreign Office Architects via RIAS in 2004

1995 – architecture competition winners
FOA moved temporarily to Yokohama in 1999
Yokohama Ferry Terminal was only completed in 2002

Yokohama Ferry Terminal
photo from Foreign Office Architects via RIAS in 2004: Saturo Mashima

Review of Lecture by FOA:

Yokohama. This is the kind of project many of us dream of. After the description of the initial 32 sections becoming 124, and the ability to keep control of such a large irregular geometry building, I felt drained and guess that many of the audience were between bafflement and amazement. Farshid wanted users to get close to the heavy structure: ‘at times it is more baroque like’ and in the terminal, more classical.

She asked ‘how far you can take a package to make a system’. I enjoyed her simple pursuit of simplicity, the rough wood outside, the smooth inside, also the inventiveness of it all, ‘the floor became a kind of bench…bodily contact with the buildings is… very effective’. Some of the ideas and geometries seemed a little contrived, and expensive, but the radical newness forces us to evaluate the potential of building anew.

Yokohama Terminal
image from Foreign Office Architects via RIAS in 2004

Foreign Office Architects FOA

Location: Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan

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