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Zaha Hadid Architects' Salerno Maritime Terminal opens

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The practice’s first project to complete following the death of Zaha Hadid last month has opened to the public

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA • SKETCHES • PLANS • SECTIONS • MODELS

At the building’s inauguration, held yesterday (25 April), the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi paid tribute to Zaha Hadid who died suddenly on 31 March, aged just 65.

‘This extraordinary work adds to everything Salerno is doing to transform itself and I think it is marvellous,’ Renzi said. ‘It is also a way of remembering the great architect that Zaha Hadid was.’

Located on a quay extending into the city’s harbour and marina, the scheme forms part of the regeneration plan for the city which was drawn up in 1993.

The 4,500m2 building features three ‘interlocking components’: administration offices for border controls and shipping lines, international ferry and cruise ship terminals, and a terminal for local and regional ferries.

As passengers approach the terminal from the city, the quayside rises up and this continues inside the building with a 20m-long cantilevered ramp.

More than 9,200m³ of in-site cast concrete has gone into the project.

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Source: Helene Binet

Architect’s view

Like an oyster, the terminal’s hard, asymmetric shell protects the softer elements within; sheltering passengers from the intense Mediterranean sun during the popular tourist season.

The quayside gently rises as passengers approach the terminal from the city, indicating the gradually sloping path of ramps within the building which raise passengers to the embarking level of large ships and ferries. The terminal’s interior arrangement orientates and leads passengers through a sequence of interior spaces that flow into each other and are organized around focal points such as the restaurant and the waiting lounge.

Local and regional ferry commuters move through the terminal quickly, arriving on ground level and ascending via ramps to reach the upper and vessel entrance. Passengers travelling on international ferries and cruise ships are guided seamlessly through check-in, passport, security and customs controls to their ship. Arriving passengers follow a similar progression through the terminal with the inclusion of the luggage reclaim area. 

At night, the glow of the terminal near the harbour entrance will act as a lighthouse to the port, welcoming visitors to the city. 

The new terminal operates, both functionally and visually, as a smooth transition between land and sea; a coastal land formation that mediates between solid and liquid. 

From its terraces and windows, the terminal offers spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast, the Gulf of Salerno and the Cilento. Positano, Capri, Paestum and Pompei are also nearby. The new terminal will greatly improve the accessibility and experience for visitors to the region’s renowned cultural attractions, coastline and countryside.

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Source: Helene Binet

Project data

Location Salerno, Italy
Type of project ferry terminal
Client Comune di Salerno
Architect Zaha Hadid Architects
Local executive architect Interplan Seconda
Structural engineer Ingeco
Structural engineer (preliminary design) Ove Arup & Partners
M&E consultant Macchiaroli and Partners
M&E consultant (preliminary design) Ove Arup & Partners
Quantity surveyor Building Consulting
Maritime/transport engineer Ove Arup & Partners
Lighting consultant Equation Lighting Design
Main contractor Passarelli
Appointment competition win in 2000
Completion date April 2016
Gross internal floor area 4,500m2 

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Source: Helene Binet

Sketches

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Site plan

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Lower ground floor plan

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Ground floor plan

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Sections

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Models

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects

 

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