Cruise Ship Terminal in Bilbao / [baragaño]

© Mariela Apollonio
Architects: [baragaño]
Location: , Spain
Architects in Charge: Sergio Baragaño , David García [Modultec], Mario Hernáez [Autoridad Portuaria], Enrique Muga [Satie Arquitectos], Joseba Ugarte [Arquitecto Técnico]
Project Team: Ana López, Inés Suárez, Verónica Carreño
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,482 sqm
Photographs: Mariela Apollonio

The Port of Bilbao, launches a competition at the end of 2009 in order to build the new Terminal of Cruise ships in Bilbao. A damp city, with a metallic memory, of shipyards, cranes, postindustrial areas, the suspension bridge of Portugalete. We start from a metallic orthogonal prism, and working in it, as it was a sculpture. The building starts to open to the sea, with it’s large crystal facade.


To the south, to the city, enclosure is much more opaque, framing the arrival square and attracting the northern light that comes in the building through the big skylights. The project starts to be structured in several containers with different volumes and length. The new Terminal runs in one floor, but it´s section is shaped by big skylights picking up northern light.

© Mariela Apollonio
We start to play with the idea of full and empty, by reference to the Basque sculptors [Chillida, Oteiza], introducing the programme for the Terminal ins some of the containers, and keeping the empty space. Spaces where you can wait ship arrival. Wait: To remain in a place where is supposed that a person have to go or something must happen. We propose different spaces for different waiting forms. [waiting for boats]


Outside we ordered the arrival space, the big parking, where several light lines illuminate the building, making it a reference from the city. In order to reduce construction time, [The building have to be in use in six months to receive the first cruise ship] we decide to make steel industrialized construction, building most part of the building in a factory, and transporting it by road from Asturias to Bilbao, where the building was assembled.

© Mariela Apollonio
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Cite: "Cruise Ship Terminal in Bilbao / [baragaño]" 30 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
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