Construction Begins on Largest Cruise Terminal in North America, Designed by Arquitectonica | News
Construction of the largest cruise terminal in North America has begun. Located in Port Miami and designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, the MSC Cruises terminal will be capable of simultaneously accommodating three cruise ships as well as 36,000 daily passengers, upon completion in late 2023.
The $350 million, 492,000 square foot project adopts a long, thin footprint in response to site constraints, while a fluid form allows boarding and deplaning functions to overlap across four levels. The flowing profile of the roof is also visible inside the terminal, accentuated by parallel lighting and supported by colonnades to gently divide the vast space.
“The design maximizes the limited footprint by creating a layered boarding and disembarking experience, allowing the two processes to overlap seamlessly,” Arquitectonica said in a statement. “The shape of the building visually expresses this layering, emphasizing the idea of ships departing and arriving from Port Miami.”
The terminal is covered almost entirely with curtain glazing, contrasted by warm wooden elements inside. ArquitectonicaGEO also served as the project’s landscape designers, incorporating a shaded, elevated entrance plaza connecting the terminal to an adjacent 2,400-vehicle parking structure. The design team aims to achieve LEED Silver certification for the project, while incorporating technological features including biometric screening more commonly found in airports.
News of the program comes weeks after Arquitectonica replaced Morphosis as designers of the former Viper Room redevelopment in West Hollywood. Several of the firm’s projects were also recently recognized among the Top 100 Buildings by American Architects at the 2021 American Architecture Awards by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
Other major transportation projects recently featured on Archinect include MAD’s competition-winning design for China’s Chongqing Cuntan International Cruise Center, CallisonRTKL’s biophilic airport in Guadalajara, Mexico, and 2.1’s LaGuardia AirTrain. billion dollars recently approved by the FAA.