Uragashira Cruise Terminal in Sasebo Revealed

Uragashira Cruise Terminal

A new rendering has been released revealing Carnival Corporation's Uragashira Cruise Terminal in Sasebo, Japan, designed by Miami-based Berenblum Busch Architects (BBA). The new terminal is expected to open in 2020 before the Tokyo Olympics.

Located in Japan’s port city of Sasebo, Uragashira Cruise Terminal will support the Japanese government’s plans to develop its ports, according to a press release. 

Located between Sasebo Bay and the mountains, the new cruise terminal will be part of the green landscape. BBA’s design is Zen and minimal, taking into account Sasebo’s culture, its building traditions, geography, and low-scale surrounding, according to a prepared statement. 

Uragashira Cruise Terminal

The one-story building will serve as a port-of-call for many ships primarily traveling from mainland China to Japan.

“We are honored to be a part of such a landmark project for Carnival Corporation and the significance it carries for the brand and Japan,” said BBA Founding Principal, Gustavo Berenblum. “Our goal was to design a terminal that includes all the modern functions and amenities necessary for creating an elevated guest experience, but that also felt as it’s always been there.”

The focal point of the terminal is the curving roof, extending past the building. According to BBA, the roof welcomes the sea and the incoming ships it carries, while also blurring the lines between the inside and outside. 

The roof’s long overhead will serve as a cooling mechanism for the building, as well as a shield for the terminal’s glass walls and steel frame.

“The design concept for Uragashira was to create a ‘cruise terminal in a nature park.’ Sasebo is an area known for its 10,000 islands and we want travelers to feel like they’re in a park and not a parking lot. We accomplished this by respecting and conforming with the surrounding nature and adding additional vegetation to the site,” added Berenblum.

As the region is prone to typhoons and earthquakes, BBA’s design of the 50,000-square-foot terminal consists largely of concrete, as well as glass and steel, which will be locally sourced. The terminal’s interiors will be highlighted by wooden finishes. The program includes functions such as retail spaces, passenger waiting area, immigration, customs, offices, a second-floor terrace overlooking the sea, a public plaza, a designated car and bus drop-off area, and parking.

The terminal is expected to be operational by 2020, ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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