Xiamen International Cruise Terminal

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Xiamen International Cruise Terminal
Client: Xiamen Harbour Development & Construction Co. Ltd. Gross Floor Area: 81,274 m2 Contract Value: HKD 390 million Awards: Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Merit Award Outside Hong Kong (2007) In 2004, Aedas won the competition to design an international cruise terminal in Xiamen, China. The proposed mixed-use development consists of hotels, residential and commercial buildings, and an exhibition centre. The master plan also provides for extensive waterfront communal facilities such as parks, artificial canals and a civic centre. The design concept for the terminal building draws inspiration from oceanic waveforms. Thus, the terminal concourse’s overlapping roof planes are the structure’s most immediately distinctive feature. These undulating forms also allow for generous natural lighting and ventilation within the concourse, delivering greater energy efficiency. Although the terminal has an iconic roof, its overall mass has been deliberately kept low so as to allow magnificent public views of the cruise ships moored alongside. Subsequent to the competition, the local authority has commissioned Aedas to implement the Cruise Terminal and the Office Tower based on the firm’s award-winning design. As an island city, Xiamen’s lavish scenery, historic and cultural charisma, strategic location and extensive infrastructure network have helped facilitate a healthy tourist industry between the mainland and the rest of the region. These same factors have also endowed the city with considerable potential as a cruise hub for international and domestic travelers. Through winning an international competition, Aedas was commissioned to design a cruise terminal for the city. The same architectural team was additionally commissioned to design the cruise related commercial and residential developments that will make Xiamen one of China’s premiere tourist destinations. Cruise Terminal -- An Icon of a Symbolic Moment Located in the western part of Xiamen, the terminal will serve as an obvious

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