Frank Repas Architecture completes Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
Attention turns to Shanghai as the city prepares for EXPO 2010. One of the major new structures to emerge during the city’s preparations is the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, designed by New York’s Frank Repas Architecture (FRA). The recently completed facility is a sprawling, distinctive, 635,000 sq ft ocean liner terminal and exhibition space sunk into a kilometer-long section of the new Shanghai Waterfront Park System, adjacent to the historic Bund district.
“With EXPO 2010 fast approaching, Shanghai has undertaken an impressive growth and development initiative that incorporates innovation and sustainability. The city is poised to become the 21st century’s global economic and cultural hub,” said Mr. Repas. “With the influx of new visitors, the new cruise terminal is expected to receive more than 1.5 million visitors annually and is already playing host to high-profile events from fashion shows to global products launches. We are delighted to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to Shanghai’s exciting expansion.”
FRA worked closely with Mr. He Bin Wu, General Manager of the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal Development Co., Ltd, in an attempt to achieve a balance between beauty and utility. Only 8,000 sq ft of the main terminal rises above ground, but floating above the park and the underground terminal is the unusual ‘single drop of water’. This 42,000 sq ft glass orb, constructed from individual panes of four-sided glass, enables the underground space to be flooded with natural light, despite its sunken position.