Porto Cruise Terminal is a small port complex, initiative of the Administração dos Portos do Douro e Leixões, located at the South jetty in Matosinhos, Portugal.
The definition of a new cruise terminal has since then a double objective: improvement of the commercial efficiency and a better urban integration. It searches at the same time to endow the Leixões port of conditions to receive large cruise ships, up to 300 meters, and integrating functions and spaces with a urban vocation, that is, generating conditions of sociability with the surrounding urban community, now that the dependency bond between the population towards the fishing activity is dissipated such as that between the port towards the canneries.
The proposal is largely dependent on the main building, which constitutes a node between the 3 main functions: the new cruise ship quay, the new marina, and the new street linking to the city.
Enchanted by the jetty’s curve and by this intermediary commitment and vocation, it enlaces the curved blades generating and prolonging itself in the form of 3 main exterior tentacles and a fourth falling inwards, in an helical ramp connecting the internal functions within a quadruple height space. The unrolled exterior arms lead the investigators level to the sea-side and the departure level to the cruise gangway or to the elevated walkway towards the beach and Matosinhos city.
The building is not very large, mostly when compared with the cruise ships it can shelter. From the beach side, one can realize that its place is clearly inside Leixões port, in such a manner that it faces towards the jetty, not revealing any openings and declaring a mysterious blind façade. The cover and the blade, summit and tilted, grant its personality profile. The bus large-cover slightly touches the granite seawall suggesting a distant invitation towards the exterior. From faraway the building is read by its volumetry and by the sinuous white with all its nuances regarding light and atmosphere variation. Closely the arches and its texture appeal to proximity, involve movements and the body, inviting the look and the touch. At the accessible cover, the land and the ocean meet and distend the soft broadness that the calm eye can reach.
For the manufacture of the glazed stoneware ceramic piece by Vista Alegre Portugal, the Portuguese architect worked with local manufacturers to develop a hexagonal ceramic tile with a tilted face to clad the building, updating the tradition of painted-tile facades.
On the other hand, He rotated the tiles, placing them in varying relations to each other, like white shells or squama, to create an uneven surface.
Administração dos Portos do Douro
Leixões e Viana do Castelo
Fabien Vacelet, Helena Monteiro, João Pedro Silva, Raquel Pratas, Teresa Ferreira, André Guerreiro, Cátia Curado, Marta Vaz, Nídia Soares, Vasco Gomes
Structural and Hydraulic Engineering: NEWTON, Lda
Electrical Engineering: Rodrigues Gomes & Associados, Lda
Mechanical Engineering: GM Engenharia
Exterior Arrangement: José Magalhães, Engenheiro
Technical Design: Iperplano, Lda
Accessibility and Mobility: Gng.Apb, Lda
Acoustical Engineering: Luís Conde Santos
Fire Safety and Self-Protection: Exactusensu – Consultores Associados, Eng. José Aidos Rocha
Durability and Hygrothermal: Vasco Peixoto Freitas (FEUP)
Maritime Work: Instituto de Hidráulica e Recursos Hídricos (IHRI-FEUP)
Ceramic tile manufacturer: Vista Alegre Portugal
Godinho Street, 4450-208 Matosinhos, Portugal