Architecture firm Broadway Malyan has been appointed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to design its new $100 million cruise terminal in Miami. As the “gateway to Miami,” the project will be the firm's first major design in North America and will service the largest cruise ships in the world, aiming to become a new icon on the waterfront.
Nicknamed the “Crown of Miami,” the Terminal has been designed to reflect the shape of a crown when viewed from the water, the “M” of “Miami” when viewed from the east or west, and “waves rising or ships passing” when viewed side-on.
Additionally, the design incorporates sustainability elements such as an energy-efficient window glazing, rainwater collection, and recycling, which will be used for cooling, toilet flushing, and irrigation. Efficient building materials like a prefabricated frame and prefabricated flooring panels mean that the building can be constructed quickly.
Overall, the Terminal is designed to enhance the arrival experience for passengers extending along the waterfront to maximize views of docking ships. Furthermore, the sides of the building are angled to reflect the water providing the terminal’s unique shape, which echoes the Royal Caribbean brand.
Construction of Terminal is planned to begin in 2017, and the project is expected to be operational by the end of 2018.
Learn more about the project here.
News via Broadway Malyan.