ΝΕΑ ΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ ΕΠΙΒΑΤΩΝ ΣΤΟ ΛΙΜΑΝΙ ΛΕΜΕΣΟΥ
ΙΚΑ – Irwin Kritioti architecture
2013 | Υπό κατασκευή | 8000 τ.μ.
Stretching out to sea along the east pier of Limassol’s industrial port, under the shadow of the vast container cranes, the design for the new 300m long cruise terminal building is beginning to take shape. The result of a competition won in 2004, the building will replace a dilapidated old shed that has long since outgrown its purpose. In its place a striking border building designed to welcome cruise ships into Cyprus. The program consists of arrival and departure halls, customs, immigration and travel agencies, cafés, restaurant services and parking. The layout of the plan is generated from a need for simple and direct intelligibility- the segments of shells responding to the key components of the program.
The sensuous multi-cell form of the new terminal is composed of a series of oval shells strung along the pier, clad in zinc and lined in timber strips. This vessel forms a horizontal counterpoint to the dominant vertical cranes which run up & down the quayside on steel rails. The shells evoke images of boats and waves, portholes and shells, creating a memorable landmark for the island whether arriving or departing by ship.
From the outside, passengers on the decks of the cruise ships look down on a vast shimmering sea shell. From within, the shells frame the views of dockside liners with their embracing arch, like some gigantic portholes of an ocean going vessel.
The terminal also allows non-passengers to access the first floor restaurant & the rooftop sky-bar, allowing amazing views into the active industrial & leisure port serving the island, a world previously hidden behind security fences and segregated from the city. Extending the life of the building outside the season of cruising, exhibitions and lectures are also planned for within the terminal, transporting urban program into the harbour side site.