Ocean Terminal Extension (Architecture) @ Foster + Partners
The extension to the Ocean Terminal is a new gateway to Hong Kong for thousands of international cruise liner passengers. With stunning new outdoor spaces for dining and leisure capitalising on the unmatched panoramic views of the harbour, this new expansion is the best place for visitors to immerse themselves in the authentic Hong Kong waterfront experience.
The terminal has the unique advantage of being located directly opposite Victoria Harbour, boasting unrivalled views of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline. Standing right on the water’s edge visitors have 270 degree views of the city, from the Kowloon Peninsula in the North East to Causeway Bay in the South East. This new public plaza – in the form of cascading terraces looking out towards the harbour – provides a new outdoor space for the people of Hong Kong and a distinctive gateway to the city for its visitors. The building embraces the city’s al-fresco dining culture, turning an ordinary cruise terminal into a vibrant entertainment hub right in the centre of the city harbour.
Architecturally, the form of the building is a direct response to its climatic context. Its wide cantilevered terraces shade the lower levels, protecting them from the harsh tropical sun. The balustrades, angled to tie in with the overall geometry of the building, extend downwards as louvred shading devices for the terrace below. The building also offers retail, dining and lounge facilities with an outdoor stepped seating area on the roof which admits natural light deep into the internal atrium. The atrium bridges the old terminal building and the new extension, while the central circulation spine connects the roof level to the marine deck, both physically and visually via a series of escalators following the form of the terraces.
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