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AD Classics: Yokohama International Passenger Terminal / Foreign Office Architects

Posted On: Oct 17, 2018   |   Posted By: Arch Daily

AD Classics: Yokohama International Passenger Terminal / Foreign Office Architects

© Satoru Mishima / FOA
This article was originally published on ArchDaily in 2014. The triumphant critical reception of the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal was the product of inventive architectural methodology and socially conscious thinking. Designed by Foreign Office Architects in 1995, the futuristic terminal represented an emergent typology of transportation infrastructure. Its radical, hyper-technological design explored new frontiers of architectural form and simultaneously provoked a powerful discourse on the social responsibility of large-scale projects to enrich shared urban spaces. The architectural competition for the terminal was famously intense, and winning it required the then-wife-and-husband team of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo to rethink the established template of terminal design. Located on an important waterfront site in Japan 's second most populous city, the high-profile commission attracted 660 entries from around the world, the country's largest...

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