AIVP Recommendation

Patrimony or heritage is a particularly complex concept, which refers not just to the background of a building or site, but which also gives the port city its place in history and imbues it with a part of its specific identity. This does not necessarily mean setting existing heritage in stone, but developing it and creating new ways and places for the city and port to interface, where the past and present visibly coexist.
A comparison of the costs of renovating existing architectural and port heritage with the cost of building entirely new constructions may reveal which is the better option. Reusing existing heritage is about more just a simple calculation, however, and should be considered in terms of the possibilities for enhancing the port city’s attractiveness and identity, as well as its compatibility with port activities in certain cases.

San Francisco (United States)

Developed in a warehouse at Pier 2, the Fort Mason Center is a modern sustainable building that also aims to preserve local heritage. The warehouse was built in 1912 in the northern sector of the San Francisco waterfront.


Strasbourg (France)

In recent years, a number of Strasbourg’s old port buildings have been redeveloped. In 2003, the Urban Community of Strasbourg ran a competition to convert some former grain silos into a multimedia library.


Cape Town (South Africa)

How to turn a grain silo into a museum? The challenge was to take a listed building constructed in 1921, measuring some 57m in height and housing 42 concrete tubes, and turn it into a museum for contemporary African art.