ZEEBRUGGE SEA TERMINAL, BELGIUM, ZEEBRUGGE, 1989
|Ferry terminal for crossing the channel\r\n|
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|To stay viable after the opening of the tunnel between England and the continent, the ferry companies operating across the channel propose to make the crossing more exciting. Not only would the boats turn into floating entertainment worlds, but their destinations – the terminals – would shed their utilitarian character and become attractions. more..|
How to inject a new 'sign' into a landscape that, through scale and atmosphere alone, renders any object both arbitrary and inevitable?
To become a landmark, this project adopts a form that resists easy classification to freevassociate with successive moods the mechanical, the industrial, the utilitarian, the abstract, the poetic, the surreal. It combines maximum artistry with maximum efficiency.
The original Babel was a symbol of ambition, chaos, and ultimately failure; this machine proclaims a functional Babel that effortlessly swallows, entertains, and processes the traveling masses.
The two lowest floors organize traffic to and from the ferries with maximum efficiency; four ships can load and unload simultaneously without interrupting traffic flow.
Ferry terminal for crossing the channel
Port Authority Zeebrugge
Parallel to a dyke
Hotel, casino, conference centre, public hall, loading areas, bus station, parking
Cecil Balmond (structural), Harry Saradjian (planning), Bob Cather (R & D), Ove Arup & Partners