AIVP Recommendation

The use of symbolic or typical architecture for new buildings is an increasingly widespread solution in areas where cities and ports meet. This new architectural approach aims to galvanise the image of port cities. It may also involve enlisting the talents of renowned architects. By opting for bold and original designs, port cities can pique the curiosity of visitors and stimulate areas where the port and city meet, by creating references to a clear identity.

Bordeaux (France)

The Cité du Vin opened its doors in Bordeaux in June 2016. It was designed as a « signal building » by Parisian architects XTU, which worked in collaboration with the UK firm Casson Mann Limited for the scenography.


Trois-Rivières (Canada)

The amphitheatre designed by Montreal-based architect Paul Laurendeau was built at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and the Saint-Maurice.


Antwerp (Belgium)

Construction of the Mas Museum was completed in 2010. The project is located right in the heart of the old port area, between the former « Het Eilandje » docks and the city. The port was one of the project’s founders and lead financiers.