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Cruise Terminal at a Fjord, Norway

Møre og Romsdal Project: Norwegian Contemporary Waterside Building – design by Francisco Rocha Architect

19 Feb 2016

Fjord Cruise Terminal

Location: Møre og Romsdal, Norway

Design: Francisco Rocha, Architect

Project Name: MOSES

Proposal for a Cruise Terminal

Program: Cruise terminal in the fjords, Norway

Author: Francisco Rocha

Site: Geiranger, Stranda municipality, Møre og Romsdal, Norway

Selected for exhibition: DogA, OSLO and Bergen Arkitektskole, BERGEN

Cruise Terminal at a Fjord in Norway

Cruise Terminal at a Fjord

Moses, the man who divided the waters.

As Exodus records, God helped Moses leading his people safely across
the Red Sea.

When facing the Fjords one can almost say that a divine and
magnificent entity was able to build such an amazing landscape. Breath

The Fjords are an ode to how small and impotent the man seems to be
compared to mother nature. Based on this littleness, Moses—the
project, tries to lead a way not only for the people but also to the
discussion of how can one strongly interfere with the greatness that
was given.

Cruise Terminal at a Fjord

If the Fjords are great? Why can’t we make it bigger?
Due to the lack of conditions for the cruises in the valley and the
increase of tourists the quality of living in the area seems to be
drastically declining. With this in mind, we decided to bring the cruises
some steps back creating a new area where tourists and locals could
live and enjoy the valley without overstepping each other.

Building a new functional and ecological ship dock embedded in a dam,
would bring new qualities to the site. Such as new green area, where
probably a fresh ecosystem could grow apart of other activities.
The construction of the dam would allow the surrounding areas to be
energy self­sufficient.

A new connection would be made by a Green Bus which could move
among Lausneset, Maråk and Homlung in a circular path.
Cruise Terminal at a Fjord

Upon arrival, the ships would face the piers, two long arms into the
water defining the three landing points. The meeting point of the piers
and the dam arise with two towers that provide two main vertical
connections with all the facilities of the dock, such as laboratories, the
harbor offices, a tourist office, bike and kayak rental center and a Hotel.

Cruise Terminal at a Fjord

The Hotel is carved inside the main concrete structure, where the
rooms are located along the big wall of the dam and provide an
exclusive view of the valley. On the opposite side a restaurant and a
lounge area present the viewer with an underwater scenario.
In conclusion, with Moses, we have tried to lead the way to a brighter
and stronger future in the valley where man-made building become part of the nature.

Fjord Cruise Terminal in Møre og Romsdal, Norway, images / information from rancisco Rocha, Architect

Francisco Rocha is a Portuguese architect and artist, currently living and working in New York City. For the past years he has been working and developing many different personal and experimental projects.

Founder at Francisco Rocha studio since 2013, he also worked closely with Fala Atelier, back in Portugal, Christian Wassmann in 2014 in NYC and currently collaborating with Fernando Romero EnterprisE, in NYC as well.

Location: Geiranger, Stranda, Møre og Romsdal, Norway

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