Beirut Cruise Terminal

Hazem Said
Beirut Arab university, Faculty of Architecture, Tripoli

Project idea

Beirut Port explosion has destroyed the heart of such country and with that deleted an element a site needed. Its a place that exchange products to the whole country. This lead to the idea of reviving this element not only by products but also by people and that's why a cruise terminal was placed. It is a place where exchange of people and thoughts occur and with this exchange new cultures come and go with addition to exploring the identity of such city. Such exchange defines the term of lifetime that reflects the main point of past, present and future.

Past and future are illusions that traces the person under passed figures, whereas The Present is the only moment that matters that brings Peace into our life.

Past expresses the explosion that occurred to such site and defines the heritage a country has, that’s why a social market is traced that presents the identity of products we have. Whereas the future is founded by the cruise elevated element that presents the hope that we can gain from our present.

Project description

Maritime passenger terminal
surface investment - 6000 m2
Total built area - 20.000 m2
Mixed-use cruise terminal buildings: the most developed response to cruise tourism, along with the need to serve
a waterfront community. Recognizing the multi-functionality that a single building can provide; such mixed-use
buildings include all the necessary elements of a purpose-built terminal. They also add other uses to their plan and
volume, such as shopping and commercial areas, Cultural facilities, and Recreation facilities.

Technical information

The project is basically divided to two main structures. A structure that expresses the heritage and one that presents the future.
The past element is built up by stone blocks used from the archaeological sites next to the port itself with addition to metal mesh that includes arches, colonnades, columns, and imitations of sacred spaces.

In contrast, the Future cantilevered element incorporates two collaborating systems: a concrete structure and a space frame. By absorbing vertical structural elements in the envelope and curtain wall system, the building's interior has large-scale column-free spaces.


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