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Hadid’s Italian ferry terminal nears completion

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Zaha Hadid Architects’ long-awaited Salermo Maritime Terminal is set to complete in April


The 2016 RIBA Gold Medal winner landed the scheme in 1999 and the building has been more than 17 years in the making.

The new ferry terminal overlooking the ancient Italian port has been designed to resemble an oyster shell and includes ticket desks, a restaurant, and a waiting room.

The project is set to complete in April.

Architect’s view

Our new terminal for the ferry port at Salerno, marks the transition from land to sea, from solid to liquid, both visually and functionally – strengthening the intimate relationship between city and waterfront through innovate design

In many senses, the new building echoes the oyster its hard shell enclosing soft, fluid elements within; a ‘nerved’ roof forming a protective shell in the intense Mediterranean sun.

From their first point of contact with this sculpted, artificial landform, passengers are subtly steered along the length of the terminal by key focal points – ticket desks, restaurant, waiting room – all of which provide natural orientation points.

The building comprises three interlocking elements – administrative offices, ferry terminal and cruise ship terminal. Passengers for daily ferries are guided swiftly from ground level entrances and ticket desks to upper deck boarding points via ramps. By night, the terminal’s ‘glow’ functions almost as a lighthouse for this ancient port, its history reaching back to Norman and Saracen times.

Project data

Location Salerno, Italy
Type of project ferry and cruise terminal
Architect Zaha Hadid Architects
Local architect Interplan Seconda
Client project manager ing. Domenico Barletta
Structural engineer Ove Arup and Partners (preliminary design), Ingeco and Interrogetti srl
Maritime transport engineer Ove Arup and Partners
Lighting Equation Lighting Design
Quantity surveyor Building Consulting

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