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Vibrant cruise terminal celebrates african identity

“The skilful use of colour and patterns resonates deeply with the local culture and context, creating a meaningful connection to the people and place,” Tiara Hughes, Judge

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.

Design highlights

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 Gordge

    PROJECT MANAGERS: Turner & Townsend
    PRINCIPAL AGENT: Turner & Townsend
    URBAN DESIGNERS: Gapp architects / urban designers
    QUANTITY SURVEYORS: Turner & Townsend
  • 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

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