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Salerno Maritime Terminal ‘Highly Commended’ at 2017 World Architecture Festival

The Salerno Maritime Terminal has been highly commended by the 2017 World Architecture Festival jury. 

The 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, creating 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.”

Since completing in 2016, Salerno’s Maritime Terminal has also received the ‘Excellence in Design’ Commendation from the AIA UK, named ‘Jury Winner’ of the Architizer A+ Awards, and was highly commended by the jury of the 2017 Blueprint Awards.

Photo by Hélène Binet