Design Competition for Confidential Client—Ferry Terminal Middle East
Design competition: 2014
The concept for a new ferry terminal was
Interior zones within the enclosed, air-
inspired by the city’s network of water taxi
conditioned terminal include ticketing, a café,
terminals located at key sites along its
service areas and waiting rooms with scenic
Corniche waterfront pedestrian walkway.
views of the water. The circulation spine extends into the water as a floating dock,
The terminal’s sweeping architectural form
following the form of the roof above for direct
encircles the water, creating a sheltered
access to water taxis.
environment within a protected lagoon. As pedestrians stroll the Corniche, they Integrated photovoltaic panels and solar-
have the option to walk up the ramp onto the
powered lights along the surface of the
terminal roof observation deck for sweeping
terminal create a coral pattern that forms
vistas of the Corniche and the sea.
a shimmering reflection on the sea below. Taking inspiration from natural land dunes and coral reef, this ground plane pattern provides a memorable gathering place and an urban recreation destination. Angled openings within the patterned surface are engineered to minimize solar gains while maximizing natural daylight penetration, optimized for the city's solar orientation.
◄ ferry terminal at dusk
2016 design annual
26,695 sq. ft. / 2,480 sq. m.
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