Broadway Malyan Beat Out Zaha, Bjarke To Design PortMiami Terminal

Royal Caribbean announced that they have selected the winner of a design competition for a new cruise terminal at PortMiami.

The five entries came from:

  • Broadway Malyan (winning design, nicknamed ‘Crown of Miami.’ See renderings below)
  • Aedas (which looked like a giant, bright blue Transformers toy)
  • Bjarke Ingels (inspired by Lincoln Road – canopies stacked atop each other, along with a park and trees inside the terminal)
  • Zaha Hadid (very futuristic, with a concert hall inside)
  • Asymptote (draped with “a billion LED lights” for a different display every night)

Descriptions of the designs came from RCL’s John Tercek, via Travel Weekly.

Broadway Malyan’s proposal was selected because of their creative thinking and cutting-edge design, RCL said.

The 170,000-square-foot terminal is nicknamed the ‘Crown of Miami’ because of its distinct shape. The design evokes the points of the symbolic headgear when viewed from the water; the ‘M’ of Miami when viewed from the east or western approaches; and a sense of waves rising or ships passing when viewed from the terminal side. At night, the terminal’s facade will be lit ensuring that the building makes a striking impression and providing a dynamic addition to the PortMiami landscape.

The new terminal will be able to handle the world’s largest cruise ship, which will be moved from its current base in Fort Lauderdale.

In addition to the new terminal, RCL will build a $20 million innovation lab at their headquarters, which is also based at PortMiami.

Miami-Dade commissioners are scheduled to vote on the public-private partnership on July 6.

If approved, completion is expected in 2018.