Leixões Cruise Terminal, recently completed by Luís Pedro Silva, Arquitecto, presents a seductive, spiral ribbon that intrigues approaching mariners with luminous reflections from its curving facade. Located in Matosinhos, Portugal at the south jetty, the port complex is modest in size, yet manages to shelter sizable cruise ships in addition to housing marina facilities, the University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park of the Sea, event rooms and a restaurant.
The site is strategically placed at the crossroads of the new cruise ship quay, the new marina and the new street linking to the city. Mimicking the enchanting waves of the jetty, the exterior is formed of three swirling walls, while a fourth winds down the interior of the space. The project was commissioned by the Administração dos Portos do Douro e Leixões in 2015 to improve both commercial efficiency and urban integration. Only 750 meters from Matosinhos city and 10 km from tourist highlights via river, sea or road, the undertaking is highly successful.