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Cruise Ship Terminal in Bilbao Port
[The love Boat] 2011 .............................1er PREMIO

"I have discovered that there is no a better way in order to know if you love or hate somebody, that travel with him"

Mark Twain "Sr. Fogg the boat ships, you may lose your bet / At least I have not lost a friend"

Julio Verne The Port of Bilbao, launches a competition at the end of 2009 in order to build the new Cruising Terminal in Bilbao. A damp city, with a metallic memory, of shipyards, cranes, postindustrial areas, the suspension bridge of Portugalete…

We start with a metallic orthogonal prism, and we start to work with it, as it was a sculpture. The building starts to open to the see, with a big glass facade. To the south, to the city, the building is much more close, framing the arrival square and attracting the northern light that enters into the building through the big skylights. The project starts to be structured in a series of containers of several volumes and lenght. The new Terminal runs in on floor, a series of big skylights shapes the section of the building. We start to play with the idea of full and empty, by reference to the basque sculptors [Chillida, Oteiza], introducing the program of the Terminal in some of the containers, and keeping the empty space. Spaces where you can wait the ship arrival.

To wait: To remain in a place where is supposed that a person have to go or something must happen. [We propose different spaces for different waiting forms, waiting for boats. Outside we ordered the arrival space, the big parking, where several light lines illuminate the building, making it a reference from the city.

The first Cruising arrives 6 months after the construction starts, so we decide to make steel industrialized construction, in order to reduce the timing, building most part of the building in a factory, and transporting it by road from Asturias to Bilbao, where the building was assembled.

Factory construction [Industrialization]

Transportation and assembled on site

Rational Sustainability


Steel Architecture 100% recyclable and 70% recycling

Removable building

Enlarged ongoing