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Salerno Maritime Terminal named as a finalist in the 2017 Surface Travel Awards

Recipient of the ‘Excellence in Design’ Commendation from the AIA UK, named ‘Jury Winner’ of the Architizer A+ Awards, and nominated as ‘Building of the Year’ at the World Architecture Festival, the Salerno Maritime Terminal has been listed as a finalist in the 2017 Surface Travel Awards.

The Surface Travel Awards recognize the most thoughtfully conceived new projects at the intersection of travel and design, raising awareness of the crucial benefit of design as a means to improve our lives as we explore the world around us.

The Salerno Maritime Terminal is integral to the city’s urban plan. Located on the public quay that extends into Salerno’s working harbour and marina, the terminal continues the city’s relationship with the sea and establishes new links; connecting Salerno’s maritime traditions with its historic urban fabric and beyond to the hills that frame the city.

Like an oyster, the terminal’s hard, asymmetric shell protects the softer elements within; sheltering passengers from the intense Mediterranean sun during the popular tourist season. The new terminal enables the port of Salerno to increase arrivals by 500,000 additional ferry and cruise ship passengers each year, that will create up to 2,000 new jobs in the city.

At its opening, the Italian Prime Minister described the terminal as a masterpiece, explaining: “This extraordinary work adds to everything Salerno is doing to transform itself and I think it is marvellous.”

The New York Times agreed: “As a matter of urban planning policy, beauty mattered… In this heartland of classicism, settled by the ancient Greeks, this radically contemporary terminal could very well join the temples of Paestum and Roman Pompeii as one of the area’s must-see monuments.”

Finalists and winners of the 2017 Surface Travel Awards will be announced in Surface Magazine’s annual Travel Issue and honoured at an awards ceremony in New York City this October.

Surface is the American magazine of contemporary global design, covering the worlds of architecture, art, design, fashion, and travel, with a focus on how these fields shape and are shaped by contemporary culture.

Photograph by Hélène Binet

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Surface Travel Awards

AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards

World Architecture Festival

Architizer A+ Awards