Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, a country that is suffering a serious moment of financial crisis. One way of mitigating this is to invest in tourism, as Lisbon is already one of the most visited cities in the world. The Cruise Terminal will be a major and vital step not only for the city, but for the country.
The site on which the terminal is to be located is very privileged. It is close to the city’s historic center, directly in front Alfama, the oldest district, with its important historical attractions. An organic design is proposed to make a soft transition between the city and the river, allowing them to remain connected. A concrete slab occupies the entire intervention area and is manipulated in order to form spaces underneath. The Cruise Terminal building, composed of this slab, can also be converted into a leisure area with restaurants, cafés, and shops; or into a public square depending on its slanted position. This building can have variable heights according to the needs of the space or program. The most important areas within are the entrance hall; the check-in and waiting rooms; and the arrival and departure halls, which define the highest points. The lower parts contain services and offices. On the first floor, between the boarding area and the arrival hall, the slab goes down to create a terrace allowing visitors to enjoy a view of the river or a ship’s arrival. The result of this simple gesture is a sensual, attractive, organic structure that will redefine the historic city’s traditional skyline.