Shanghai International Cruise Terminal by Sparch

Night view, wave facades, lighting exposes hidden layers photo © Christian Richters, 2009

Panoramic view of Cruise Terminal photo © Johnson Xu, 2009

Shanghai International Cruise Terminal by Sparch
text by Marcia Argyriades for Yatzer Large scale projects have to be faced and designed in a particular way. The matter of scale is a large factor especially when what you’re designing will have to sit at ease beside three 80,000 ton cruise ships that will dock alongside. Scale factor is also critical in terms of how the design is perceived from Shanghai’s famous Bund to the south. The design proposal by SPARCH was the one that met a strong visual presence which was equivalent to the 21st century continuation of the Bund.

Aerial view © SPARCH, 2009

Render © SPARCH, 2009
SPARCH’s approach and concept was to create an exterior wrapping which would enclose the buildings in a fluid steel and glass solar skin. As a result this approach would visually bind the accommodation together and therefore create a continuous Winter Garden gallery space which will contain green hanging gardens. The wave like glass facades unwrap along the base of the construction to create a sheltered pedestrian route along the newly formed public park. SPARCH approached the design of this site in such a way to create “breathing spaces” an urgent requirement which was required by the Shanghai Authorities for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 which is themed “Better City, Better Life.” With the redesigning of the cruise terminal a target was set // to free up 30 percent of the municipality as open space for its citizens to enjoy. The Cruise Terminal Site forms part of this vision to create a green walkway along the Huangpu River, eventually extending as far south as the Expo site itself, between the Lu Pu and Nan Pu bridges.

SPARCH's impression of the Shanghai Chandelier. retail street side Image © SPARCH. 2009 .

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river side. all a welcome. 40M tall steel frame. John Curran says that “we see the Shanghai Chandelier as our Expo pavilion that escaped to the Bund and extends an open invitation.” It surely seems to be a magnificent experience which you should visit if you are at the Expo 2010. Interactive activities such as a “climbing frame” which creates a route through a series of floating Faberge Eggs to only experience the magnificent views of Shanghai in the most unique way. Day view. admission is free .Shanghai Chandelier. 2009 SPARCH created high quality communal spaces which offer new experiences for the public which will be using these spaces. 2009 . with 3 cable suspended 'public bubbles' photo © Christian Richters. under construction. clearly visible from the Bund to the south. SPARCH Project Director. especially at night as the lights will create a flaring effect revealing a charming layer of “Amethyst” crystal balconies which are enclosed within a 400 meter herringbone steel and glass skin. wave facades photo © Christian Richters.

All six buildings which constitute this architectural development offer a diverse mixture of business and leisure facilities for the end-users at the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal. . just like the exterior landscaping where by law 50 percent of the terminal is required to be above ground level and the other 50 below. another element of sustainable design rather than using artificial lighting. Egg-like sculpted forms create part of the voids in the buildings which have glass ceilings thus allowing abundant of natural light into the buildings. aiming at establishing Shanghai’s status as an essential commerce and tourism center. loving diverse environment which SPARCH wanted to approach in their design in order to make this architecture a reality according to the needs of their client. materials. voids and various textures. patterns and lines constitute part of the interiors. Vibrant colors. The interiors of these six buildings more or less follow the concept of the exterior landscaping and architecture. They consist of elements which seem as sculpted holes which appear and disappear. The concoction of materials and colors creates the fun.

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Inside the Wave Facades. Inside the Wave Facades. the buildings incorporate River Water Cooling Technology – which utilizes water from the Huang Pu River as a refrigerant to cool and thereby greatly reduce the buildings’ energy consumption during the summer months. 2009 Through this development and with the concept “Better City. Better Life. to become 'hanging gardens' on completion photo © Christian Richters. 2009 . The double second skin façade apart from being an appealing design element also acts as a filter which traps UV heat from entering the buildings in the summer whilst during the winter months it performs the activities of an insulating blanket. forming winter garden spaces populated with colourful balconies. forming winter garden spaces populated with colourful balconies. environmental friendly design.” the construction called for a sustainable. to become 'hanging gardens' on completion photo © Christian Richters. Further on.

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this area of 260.000 square meters where 50 percent of it is required to be placed underground. 2009 With the cruise site terminal being completed by Frank Repas Architects.Inside the Wave Facades. And with SPARCH’s approach to design the above ground level they have developed an international cruise terminal which is more of an architectural attraction. forming winter garden spaces populated with colourful balconies. 2009 . Better Life // Shanghai Expo 2010. rather than just another terminal! It is surely something which will be the talk of the town in Better City. thus freeing up most the site to create green parks. SPARCH's impression of PRADA boutique Image © SPARCH. to become 'hanging gardens' on completion photo © Christian Richters.

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Sparch is led by six directors: Stephen Pimbley. Jeb Beresford. 2009 About Sparch Sparch is an award-winning international architectural consultancy that has been building and designing in Asia for 10 years with proven expertise in urban planning. Germany. China and Singapore. John Curran. Jan Clostermann. Canada. and operates from offices in Abu Dhabi. Sparch has gained a worldwide reputation for originality and rich expression. landscape and interior design. architecture. Paul Merry and Sven Steiner. Shanghai and Singapore. Beijing. and has won architectural design awards in the United Kingdom. .exterior view photo © Christian Richters. Kuala Lumpur.

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2009 .View to Pudong Towers between the riverfront pavilions photo © Christian Richters.

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between high rise tower and medium rise landmark pavilion photo © Christian Richters. 2009 interior view // photo © Johnson Xu.Entrance to 400M long shopping street. 2010 .

2010 .interior view // photo © Johnson Xu.

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073 sqm Total Area (including basements): 263. High Rise Tower and Winter Garden: April 2010 Cruise Terminal Support Facilities: Public Facilities. Sven Steiner Client: Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal Ltd Engineer: Arup Hong Kong Façade Engineer: RFR Paris Lighting Consultant: Lighting Design Partnership interior view // photo © Johnson Xu.interior view // photo © Johnson Xu. Gabriel Briamonte. Jan Clostermann. Landscape. Retail. Riverfront Buildings: October 2009 Phase 2 . Entertainment. Joe Ren. 2010 Project Data GFA (area above ground): 130. Conyee Chan. and Interior Design: Sparch Design Director: John Curran Team: Jeb Beresford.448 sqm Project Completion: Phase 1. Zhang Hua. Ala Pratt. Carl Harding. Sofia David. 2010 . F&B: 20% GFA Commercial Offices: 80% GFA Credits Architecture.

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2008 | read more: Container Design. environmental advocates. designers. The challege issued a proposal for designs and ideas that support cost-effective disassembly and that anticipate future use of building materials. Three containers make a gracious 3-bedroom home of 1.. Current Affairs. so congratulations to everyone . Green Building. . planners. Contain Your Enthusiasm Submitted by Group 41 Architects. and students in three main categories: (1) Building. contractors. Upcycling used containers is a highly “green” and responsible alternative. There's seriously some excellent thinking at work here.. reuse experts.13 Innovative Green Building Designs. this project won both in the Building Category (Student) as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award: Best Greenhouse Gas Reduction Design. educators. (2) Innovation. Their industrial quality is softened with simple wood trellis elements that provide shading. and (3) Outstanding Achievement Awards. engineers. builders. Modern architecture Yesterday the EPA announced winners of the second annual green building competition known as the Lifecycle Building Challenge. It was open to architects. The winners have been selected and listed below with a quick image. TriPod is a prototype house demonstrating the "Plug and Play" concept and is designed to provide an innovative alternative to the current housing industry. or LBC2. Lifecycle Building Challenge Winners! Written by Preston Koerner | October 29. Green Tech. this design is the winner of the Satellite Competition: Best of the Bay Area. Tripod: A Plug and Play Housing System Submitted by the Carnegie Mellon University Solar Decathlon team.300 square feet with 9 foot ceilings.

folding panels which are brought to the site by Marines. this project was named Honable Mention in the Building Category (Student). The Sustainable Prototype serves as an Arts Center in Greensburg. The structure can be quickly erected by the workforce of 36 marines during the night. Second-Life Iraqi Housing: Temporary to Permanent Submitted by Eric Hansen of the University of Utah. this design was named Honorable Mention in the Building Category (Student). Honorable Mention for a realistic solution to a real-life problem. . The construction and delivery of The Sustainable Prototype was provided on the one year anniversary of the tornado that devastated Greensburg. along with the supplies they already bring. The design consists of flat-packed. KS.Sustainable Prototype Submitted by Studio 804.

Natural Daylight. Green Building. this project was named Honorable Mention in the Building Category (Professional-Built). and Reclaimed Building Materials. ALTIS Belem Hotel by RISCO Architects . Passive Solar. Honorable mention for excellent use of reclaimed material.Grass Valley Project: Design with Deconstruction in Mind Submitted by Graham Thiel of IDEAS. The Grass Valley Project is an integrative design process that incorporates principles of Environmental Design.

This alpha city is considered one of the most important financial and economic centers in the Iberian Peninsula.photo © FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura ALTIS Belem Hotel by RISCO Architects text by Ricardo Hernandez for Yatzer Located on the Atlantic Coast. Lisbon is rich in history and culture and it has always celebrated their most precious resource. Lisbon is the largest city and capital of Portugal. its beautiful coastline. As this region is the wealthiest and well above European Union's GDP average it has an extensive array of modern and luxurious projects unfolding. .

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Designed by RISCO Architects. The long. The building allows the natural light to permeate and penetrate the volumes making it feel open. This five star hotel celebrates not only its facilities and interior spaces but also the adjacent open spaces and its connection to the water. Lisbon adjacent to the Bom Sucesso Dock and the Belem Cultural Centre. ample and comfortable. .photo © FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura The Altis Belém Hotel & Spa is located in Belém. The natural material selection allows it to blend with its surrounding and not obstruct from the water or its adjacent buildings. clean lines allows opportunities to integrate vistas to the water and bring the exterior inside. the building is the result of two intersecting perpendicular volumes.

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The exterior facade acts as a screen permitting views but deflecting direct heat from the rays. those screens retract and allow a sun pool to enter the extensive decks making the rooms ample and providing them its own uninterrupted view of the water and Lisboa landscape. When appropriate. Expect the hotel to be booked and busy during the next upcoming months and if you are one of the few to enjoy those great balconies in the rooms. photo © FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura . be sure to come back and let us know how you enjoyed your time there.photo © FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura The hotel has a very unique element that allows it to screen the sunlight from the 50 rooms.

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because they believe in diversity as a source of knowledge and in having multiple forms of know-how take part in each project. Critical reflection about what they do is what makes them move forward.photo © FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura RISCO is organized into teams with a variable geometry. They don’t always do the same thing in the same way. Perhaps that coastline does impact behavioral and business practices after all! Discover Altis Belem Hotel &Spa through the pictures that follow // photo © FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura .

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Catarina Pires e GianLuca Bono. Miguel Ribeiro Carvalho. Consultoria e Projecto. HYDRAULICS: Enpesin ACOUSTICS CONSULTANT: Certiprojecto FIRE PROTECTION: LMSA . Ana Cunha. Lda. João Pina. Joao Almeida eTomás Salgado) ARCHITECTURE TEAM: João Almeida (site architect). Nelson Magro. Jorge Oliveira e Pedro Duarte ACCOUNT DIRECTOR: Mariana Almeida ACCOUNT MANAGER: Sílvia Lopes HISTORY OF ART CONSULTANT: Anísio Salazar D’Eça Costa Franco LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: NPK STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: STA ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: LMSA HVAC ENGINEERING: Dimensionar. Cristina Picoto.photo © FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura photo © FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura ARCHITECTS: RISCO (Manuel Salgado. Claire Campens. Sofia Torres Pereira MODELS: Rita Botelho. Tiago Nunes GRAPHIC PROJECT: RMAC Design PANELS ILUSTRATION: Alexandre Mendes. Eliana Candeias Alves. INTERIOR DESIGN: FSSMGN (Fernando Sanchez Salvador e Margarida Grácio Nunes) INTERIOR TEAM: Ana Tsukagoshi.

LOCATION: Doca do Bom Sucesso.4 m2 COST: 12 000 000 € PHOTOS: FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura photo © FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura . Belém. Lisbon PROMOTER: APL (Lisbon Harbor Authority) CLIENT: Altis.SA DATE: 1999-2009 AREA: 9 086.

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this project is the winner in the Building . 2008 Loblolly House: Unbolt. Detach.photo © FG + SG // Fotografia de Arquitectura 19th Jun. Reassemble Submitted by KieranTimberlake Associates.

this design is the winner in the Building Category (Professional-Unbuilt). The Workshop is assembled of prefabricated building components for optimized efficiency and minimum waste. and redeployment. . The Workshop Submitted by Schemata Workshop. The Loblolly House represents a novel approach to prefabricated and modular housing conceptsm and introduces off-site fabricated elements which are detailed for on-site assembly.Category (Professional Built). future disassembly.

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