Project: Nelson Mandela Cruise Terminal
Award: Transport, Silver, 2023
Location: Durban, KZN, South Africa
Architect: Elphick Proome Architecture
Client: Kwazulu Cruise Terminal (PTY) Ltd
After decades of operating cruises out of a rudimentary shed, the Port of Durban now enjoys a landmark cruise terminal welcoming tourists to the province.
Conceived with an overt African identity, the terminal envelope draws inspiration from the earthy colours, vibrant textures and traditional triangular motifs displayed in Zulu craft. This over-sailing construct and its folded facades and roof form, generate a simple, yet intricate architectural expression.
Effectively a large shed with extensive spans, the terminal’s profile envelope is generated by a consistent 1.2 metre deep primary steel structural zone clad with aluminium sheeting.
A division wall between the arrivals hall and the baggage collection hall fully slides away, allowing for the terminal’s conversion to a conference centre off-season. Sustainability measures include a ventilated and expansive façade, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, landscaping and water-efficient fixtures.
LEAD ARCHITECTS: George Elphick, Greg GordgePROJECT MANAGERS: Turner & Townsend
PRINCIPAL AGENT: Turner & Townsend
URBAN DESIGNERS: Gapp architects / urban designers
INTERIOR DESIGNERS: Novospace
QUANTITY SURVEYORS: Turner & Townsend
STRUCTURAL + CIVIL ENGINEERS: Arup (pty) ltd
- ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS: Arup (pty) ltd
WET SERVICES ENGINEERS: Arup (pty) ltd
MECHANICAL ENGINEERS: Arup (pty) ltd
FIRE ENGINEERS: Arup (pty) ltd
SAFETY CONSULTANT: C&M Safety Consultants
CONTRACTOR: Stefanutti Stocks Building Kzn