AIVP Recommendation

The mix can be either a horizontal mix that relies on a juxtaposition of functions, or a vertical mix that combines, within a single venue, both port and urban activities. This later solution, which is still not often seen, is particularly suited to passenger terminals. It also offers the added advantage of requiring less physical space.
In both cases, the mix of urban and port functions will be an added attraction for the site. It will reinforce the site’s identity and its attractiveness, both to economic stakeholders, and to the general community.

Matosinhos (Portugal)

The Douro and Leixoes port authorities wanted a new cruise terminal, both to improve commercial income and to ensure the facility was integrated more effectively into the urban fabric. They opted for the project designed by Luis Pedro Silva Arquitectos to satisfy these two objectives.


Marseilles (France)

Vertical mix: « Terrasses du Port », which offers passenger reception facilities, a shopping centre, and scenic views of the port, was inaugurated in late May 2014. On the 23,000 m² ground floor, the entrance to the shopping mall coexists with various port functions (passenger boarding areas, vehicle storage, etc.).


Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Horizontal mix: inaugurated in March 2000, this passenger terminal designed by architect Larry Malcic combines – within a single sector – shops, a convention hall, a hotel, and a cultural space dedicated to music.