ACDF Architecture’s design for the Keelung Harbour Service Building was shortlisted as a finalist for an international competition in 2012. The proposal consists of four towers and a public plaza, designed to give back Taipei’s residents their long-lost access to the sea. The series of rectangular towers have a classic aesthetic evocative of mid-century skyscrapers, for ACDF sought a timeless approach instead of the more futuristic and flashy constructions that have come to dominated Asian cities in recent years. Port activities are teeming underground, while a new plate above forms an elevated garden for the general public. Three towers nestled together constitute subsequent phases of the project. Among the five finalists, which included Mecanoo and Asymptote, Neil M. Denari Architects was selected as the winner.