When the city of Seville, Spain commissioned a waterfront terminal in order to attract cruise ship tourism, the Port Authority jumped on the shipping container boat. Soon, the organization determined that the terminal might also act as a multifunctional exhibition center and showroom that could be flexible, extendable, and could even be moved to accommodate an unexpected number of visitors. While repurposed shipping containers often invoke the aesthetic of manufacturing and industry, Hombre de Piedra + Buró4 uses these vessels in a way that exudes the glamor and elegance of a luxury cruise.
The shipping containers are placed in parallel arrangement, separated from one another by one container's width of distance. In each "high cube," the lower container features double height ceilings. On the west and east side of the row of upper volumes, adjustable windows allow river breezes to clear heat buildup, which can become excessive in the Seville sun. The exterior white paint, with its special composition of ceramic microspheres, reflects up to 90% of solar radiation to further alleviate warming.
On the lower level, extensive glass walls connect the multipurpose space to the river. Container doors removed from the upper level are reused on the ground floor to create entrances between the volumes. The ribbed texture of the walls is visible throughout the design, constantly reminding the viewer of its industrial origin.
These details combine to create a dynamic space. When illuminated by the sun, the Terminal becomes activated by a checkerboard-pattern of light, complemented by views of the glimmering waterfront.
Because the assembly of the terminal had to occur between two cruise dockings, the architects built the remarkable structure in only 15 days. Most of the modular construction was completed inside a warehouse, allowing for more precise on-site construction and allowing the work to be finished on time.
Simple, sleek, and sustainable, Seville's new terminal is a welcoming greeting to cruise ship passengers.