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Foster unveils Hong Kong cruise terminal project

[First look + project data] Foster + Partners has revealed these images of its 143,600m² Kai Tak Cruise Terminal scheme in Hong Kong

The 850 metre-long terminal, which has now started on site, is designed as a flexible space that can be used for exhibitions and events when cruise ships are away from harbour.

Clad in aluminium and glass, the building occupies a 7.6 hectare site on the south-western tip of the old runway of Hong Kong’s former Kai Tak airport – world famous for its steeply-curved inner city approach path.

The rectangular, 3-storey design features four atria that light the internal spaces and a pedestrian ‘promenade’ which links to a public roof garden.

Handling up to 8,400 passengers and 1,200 crew, the cruise terminal is being constructed to meet the demand of a new generation of larger cruise liners.

A foundation stone laying ceremony took place last week. Commenting on the event, Foster + Partners chief executive Mouzhan Majidi said: ‘Today’s ceremony marks an exciting moment in the reinvention of Kai Tak – we were delighted to win the competition to design such an important new gateway to the city.

‘The terminal will establish Hong Kong as a major cruise hub in Asia and, together with the West Kowloon Cultural District, will further enhance the city’s position as a centre for tourism and culture.’


Project data


Client: Architectural Services Department, Hong Kong SAR
Programme: Due to open 2013
Appointment: Dragages Hong Kong
Construction: Design & Build
Construction floor area: 143,600m²
Site area: 76,000m²
Building height: 40m
Number of storeys: 3
No. of Retail: 5,600m²
Structure: Concrete
Cladding: PVF2 aluminium panels / double glazed units
Sustainability: HK BEAM Platinum
Other relevant information: Concourse length: 675m; Water depth: 13m; Length of apron: 850m; Passenger peak loading: 8400 passengers

Project team


Foster + Partners team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Luke Fox, Jonathan Parr, Richard Hawkins, Brian Timmoney, Randy Liekenjie, Steven Chiu, Daniel Pang, Benedict Lu, Simon Mok, Lawrence Wong, Howard Chung, Lea Faber, Veronica Kan, Marian Lee, Connie Luk, Eric Po, Stanley Pun, Reine Kit Shun Wong, Yan Ting (Joyce) Chan
Client: Hong Kong SAR Architectural Services Department
Executive architect: Wong Tung & Partners
Structural engineers: AECOM
Mechanical engineers: AECOM
Landscape architect: AECOM
Interior design: Barrie Ho Architecture Interiors
Retail design: Benoy
Wayfinding design: Graphia
Fire consultant: AECOM
Facade consultant: ALT
Main contractor: Dragages Hong Kong
Cruise terminal planning: Passenger Terminal Amsterdam


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