Monday, 11 April 2011

Foster unveils Hong Kong Cruise Terminal

Hopefully no one designs a terminal like this;

"Foster + Partners has revealed these images of its 143,600m² Kai Tak Cruise Terminal scheme in Hong Kong

The 850 metre-long terminal, which has now started on site, is designed as a flexible space that can be used for exhibitions and events when cruise ships are away from harbour.

Clad in aluminium and glass, the building occupies a 7.6 hectare site on the south-western tip of the old runway of Hong Kong’s former Kai Tak airport – world famous for its steeply-curved inner city approach path.

The rectangular, 3-storey design features four atria that light the internal spaces and a pedestrian ‘promenade’ which links to a public roof garden.

Handling up to 8,400 passengers and 1,200 crew, the cruise terminal is being constructed to meet the demand of a new generation of larger cruise liners.

A foundation stone laying ceremony took place last week. Commenting on the event, Foster + Partners chief executive Mouzhan Majidi said: ‘Today’s ceremony marks an exciting moment in the reinvention of Kai Tak – we were delighted to win the competition to design such an important new gateway to the city.

‘The terminal will establish Hong Kong as a major cruise hub in Asia and, together with the West Kowloon Cultural District, will further enhance the city’s position as a centre for tourism and culture.’"

Architects Journal 11th April 2011 by Merlin Fulcher

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