Lisbon’s concrete cruise terminal is topped with rooftop viewing platform

Passengers arriving at the João Luís Carrilho da Graça-designed cruise terminal in Lisbon can use a series of ramps to reach a rooftop viewing platform that offers a panorama of the Tagus river. João Luís Carrilho da Graça won an international competition in 2010 to oversee the project for a terminal building in the Portuguese

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Henning Larsen Architects reveals £400 million Belfast waterfront masterplan

Scandinavian practice Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled plans to transform the east bank of the River Lagan in Belfast, Northern Ireland, using the redevelopment of Copenhagen harbour as a model. The 6.5-hectare Belfast Waterside masterplan aims to make use of the outdoor spaces along the river in the winter months – looking towards the redevelopment of

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Emre Arolat expands Turkey’s Yalikavak Palmarina for megayacht owners

A+Awards: the next in our series of winners from this year’s Architizer A+Awards is Emre Arolat Architecture’s restoration and expansion of facilities for wealthy visitors at a Turkish marina. Yalikavak Palmarina is located on Turkey’s south coast, which has seen a boom in tourism over the past few years. “Yalikavak is one of the lagoons

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Chicago’s century-old Navy Pier revitalised by James Corner Field Operations and nArchitects

Kiosks with stainless steel canopies and a towering glass and chrome sculpture are among the recent enhancements made to Chicago’s Navy Pier, one of the largest public piers in the world (+ slideshow). Called Pierscape, the project was designed by James Corner Field Operations, the landscape studio behind Manhattan’s High Line, with architectural elements by More

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Provencher Roy to restore Montreal’s Alexandra Pier and cruise terminal

An early 20th-century pier in central Montreal is to receive an overhaul by local firm Provencher Roy, which will add a towering beacon and a public promenade (+ slideshow). Jutting out into the Saint Lawrence River, the 305-metre-long Alexandra Pier – which encompasses the Iberville International Passenger Terminal – will be transformed to provide a More

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Studio Octopi designs floating swimming pool for Melbourne’s Yarra River

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: the architects behind plans to create a cluster of freshwater swimming pools on the River Thames have unveiled a proposal for a floating pool on the Yarra River in the Australian city of Melbourne. Studio Octopi was invited by Melbourne nonprofit organisation Yarra Swim Co to develop the concept for the Yarra Pool, More

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes “oyster-like” ferry terminal in Salerno

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its first completed building since the death of its founder, a new maritime terminal for ferries and cruise liners in Salerno, Italy (+ slideshow). Described by the London-based firm as being “like an oyster”, the Salerno Maritime Terminal features an undulating concrete outer shell and an interior formed of gently sloping ramps. “Like an More

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Concrete and slatted-timber morgue by AE Arquitectos overlooks a Spanish harbour

AE Arquitectos has combined exposed concrete, white render and slatted timber for this morgue in Spain’s Asturias principality, which features terraces overlooking a harbour (+ slideshow). The Morgue of Jove by local studio AE Arquitectos is a 2,800-square-metre funerary facility located beside a hospital and facing an industrial port in the city of Gijón. Designed to allow family members and loved ones More

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CF Møller plans Copenhagen harbour baths that will double as school classrooms

The craze for harbour baths in Denmark continues, with CF Møller set to build a trio of floating classrooms to provide “aqua learning” and water sports training for the new Copenhagen International School. CF Møller Landscape, an offshoot of the Scandinavian architecture firm, won a competition to design the Nordhavn Islands, envisioned as a hub for outdoor learning More

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Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter installs perforated observation tower in Aarhus harbour

Circular “peek holes” pierce the flanks of this observation tower by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, to reference the portholes of ships and offer views over Aarhus harbour (+ slideshow). The Copenhagen-based studio designed The Salling Tower as a “dramatic urban sculpture” to provide a focal point and meeting place for visitors to the Danish city port. The white perforated steel structure has More

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Steven Holl to build Copenhagen skyscrapers linked by 65-metre-high cycle bridge

New York architect Steven Holl has finally received the go-ahead to build a pair of skyscrapers in Copenhagen harbour, linked by a pedestrian and cycle bridge 65 metres above the water’s surface. Nearly eight years after winning a competition for the site, Steven Holl Architects has revealed that its Copenhagen Gate proposal now has a construction date pencilled […]

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Raumlabor builds industrial-looking sauna above the waters of Gothenburg port

The industrial harbour of Swedish city Gothenburg is the setting for this sauna by Raumlabor, which features a rusty steel exterior and a warm timber-lined interior (+ slideshow). Berlin-based Raumlabor worked with a team of local residents to build the Gothenburg Public Sauna, which is raised up over the water in the city’s Frihamnen port, and accessed via a […]

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CF Møller creates dune-inspired promenade and landscaping on Aalborg waterfront

Danish office CF Møller has completed its transformation of a waterfront promenade in Aalborg, as part of a wider regeneration of the port city in northern Denmark (+ slideshow). The waterfront of Aalborg, which is Denmark’s third-largest city by population, has been transformed in recent years with new university buildings, student housing, and a striking concrete […]

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MVRDV’s Silodam block contains a cross-section of Amsterdam society says Nathalie de Vries

The sixth movie in our exclusive series profiling the buildings of MVRDV focuses on Silodam – a polychromatic apartment building on Amsterdam harbour that studio co-founder Nathalie de Vries describes as a “big block lying in the water” (+ movie). Completed in 2002 as part of the huge transformation of an industrial area comprising a […]

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Rogers Partners team moves ahead with new Pier Park in Florida’s St Petersburg

The city council of St Petersburg, Florida, has signed off the demolition of a historic pier and approved plans for its replacement – a hybrid pier and park designed by New York studio Rogers Partners. Rogers Partners is working with New York landscape architect Ken Smith and local firm ASD to replace St Petersburg Pier, which […]

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Metal and glass facets surround World Maritime University’s new harbourside home

Australian firm Terroir and Danish office Kim Utzon Arkitekter have created a new building for the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden, featuring a jagged facade of glass and aluminium (+ slideshow). The project involved the renovation and extension of a century-old harbour master’s building, creating approximately 6,000 square metres of teaching and office spaces for an institution focusing […]

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René van Zuuk creates a wavy pier with an integrated lightbox over an Almere lake

A huge lightbox is wedged underneath a wave-shaped viewing platform at the end of this pier, designed by Dutch architect René van Zuuk for a lake in the city of Almere (+ slideshow). The 200-metre-long pier was created by René van Zuuk Architekten for the Weerwater lake in Almere – a city that occupies a landmass across the water from Amsterdam. White, green and red lights were installed […]

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Faceted waterfront housing in Norway conceived as “a mountain range of wood”

Both the jagged profile of Norway’s mountain ranges and the gabled elevations of traditional houses informed this angular housing development in Stavanger (+ slideshow). Designed by Danish studio AART architects and local firm Studio Ludo, the 19,500-square-metre Waterfront project is one of Europe’s largest wooden residential developments – fitting for a city with the highest concentration of wooden buildings in […]

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Renzo Piano joins Rogers Stirk Harbour and Wilkinson Eyre for Sydney harbour overhaul

Renzo Piano has become the latest architect to contribute a design to the major redevelopment of Sydney’s Barangaroo South waterfront (+ movie). The Italian architect has designed a pair of residential high-rises for the £3 billion harbour regeneration project, which also includes skyscraper proposals by British firms Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Wilkinson Eyre. […]

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Barbosa & Guimarães’ Porto marina buildings are supported by curving arcs of steel

Steel arcs curve across the glass facade of this Portuguese marina complex by local architects Barbosa & Guimarães (+ slideshow). Barbosa & Guimarães was commissioned to design the Douro Marina buildings for a harbour situated at the mouth of the River Douro, an inlet from the North Atlantic Ocean. Related story: Palácio de Justiça de Gouveia by Barbosa & Guimarães The complex, which faces […]
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Granite-clad library by Carr Cotter & Naessens faces out over the Irish Sea

One huge window frames views out over the harbour from inside this library that Irish firm Carr Cotter & Naessens has completed in a harbour-side town near Dublin (+ slideshow). Set to open next week, Dlr Lexicon is the new public library for the town of Dún Laoghaire and was designed by Cork-based Carr Cotter & Naessens to […]
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Melbourne floats proposal for artificial surf park

News: Melbourne surfers could ride 1.5-metre-high waves within a heated salt-water pool in plans set out by local firm Damian Rogers Architecture for the city’s docklands. Damian Rogers Architecture has collaborated with engineering giant Arup to conceive and propose the idea for Surf Park Docklands – a contained pool with that would filter in and […]

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