Tianjin Cruise Terminal

The project is located at the southernmost end of the East Bonded Port Area of Tianjin Port, and can berth the largest cruise in the world.

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Tianjin Port (Group) Co., Ltd



Product Category:

Public building, government office and utilities, rail transit and transportation building

Specialty Involved:

Building, structure, M&E, curtain wall, interior and landscape
The landmark terminal designed by us is the starting point of the “New Maritime Silk Road”, and, upon being put into service, it will be able to handle the customs clearance of 4,000 passengers on two luxury cruises. The commonness between “sea” and “silk” in form provides the inspiration of the architectural molding, and shadows are projected on the GRC surface in an unpredictable, elegant and graceful manner; there are no straight ups and downs or standard structural units in these forms, and the indoor space, also changing with the contour, is dynamic, romantic and extended.

Planning and design

Planning and design:
• Plane layout in the principle of convenient passenger flow lines based on a humanized design
• Rich and changeable indoor space, an exact and profound interpretation of external modeling
• Ability to provide exit-entry services for 4,000 passengers on two luxury cruises, and building of dining, exhibition, commercial and other service facilities open to the public; an estimated ability to handle the customs clearance of 500,000 person-times each year.

Design concept

Design concept:
• Adoption of the molding of two silk belts floating on the sea, being dynamic, romantic and extended.
• Silk texture presenting the natural pattern of sea waves, and unpredictable shadows embodying both elegance and grace.
• Flexible and changeable architectural molding, consisting of winding and continuous seaside terrace, magnificent waiting hall, smooth and powerful indoor stairs, and extended and comfortable lounge hall.
• Endlessly fluctuating contour, and unpredictable shadows embodying elegance and grace, embracing the unique temperament of freedom of cruises.

Architectural design

Architectural design:
• A viewing site integrating cruises and sea, creating a key element of the building’s attraction
• Introduction of multiple means of 3D design (parametric design, BIM, etc.) to supplement and perfect the traditional architectural design process
• First case of the adoption of double-curved surface GRC panel molding in large area, creating a pure and poetic building with its richness and changeability
• Staged design of service functions by low and peak seasons, making maximum reservations for future service functions and creating continuous economic benefits.

Structural design

Structural design:
•Relatively large structural member span and long cantilever, and multiple discussions and massive detailed calculations and analysis by internal experts of stress, stability and deformation requirements.
• Use of architectural space to rational set support between columns, reduce structural torsional effect, reduce the adverse impact of temperature and conduct temperature effect analysis, and adoption of calculations to rationally set temperature, provide late poured bands and close at low temperature.
• Conducting load analysis based on the results of the wind tunnel test to ensure that the strength and rigidity of the cantilever meet relevant requirements under wind load effect.
• Rational determination of the anti-seismic performance indexes of structures, and adoption of non-yielding design under moderate earthquake in the code for the accounting of frame columns and key nodes; satisfaction of the elasticity requirement under small earthquake in the seismic safety assessment by other structural members; checking of the bearing capacity and deformation of frame columns after taking into consideration the yielding of frame support under moderate earthquake, thus to ensure structural safety.

M&E design

M&E design:
• Ability to provide exit-entry, dining, exhibition, cruise experience and other services for 4,000 passengers on two luxury cruises; an estimated ability to handle the customs clearance of 500,000 person-times each year.
1) Water supply and drainage
• Combination of pipe drainage and ground automatic flow in the green space, ensuring adequate return percolation
• Provision of wastewater treatment technology in the office of customs clearance, inspection and quarantine
• Water feed to cruises: maximum water consumption of 800m3/d by cruises, and adoption of variable-frequency pressure devices for water feed.
2) Heating and ventilation
•Adoption of the combined energy mode of seawater-source heat pump + ground-source heat pump.
• Use of heat exchanger to realize “free” cold supply by seawater from April to June when the seawater temperature is relatively low.
3) Lighting design
A detailed spatial analysis regarding the architectural characteristic of large indoor space, thus to achieve both aesthetic appearance and energy saving under the premise of meet the illumination requirement.

Green building

Green building:
• Adoption of green and environment-friendly GRC exterior wall materials in full consideration of the corrosion resistance and weather resistance issues at the seaside, as the presence of fiber can provide an adequate resistance to the huge wind pressure at the seaside.
• Adoption of automatic wind and rain induction louver on the connecting bridge of the glass-covered atrium, and use of inner shading design to provide a comfortable temperature, thus creating a unique energy-saving design.
• Full utilization of natural seawater resource and adoption of well water-source + seawater source heat pump system to save energy and reduce the operating cost.
• Use of heat exchanger to realize “free” cold supply by seawater from April to June when the seawater temperature is relatively low.


•Coordination between the BIM team and designers of various specialties to build architectural, structural and M&E BIM models.
• Use of software’s collision check function to assist designers in timely finding spatial conflicts existing in the design scheme and in correspondingly adjusting the design scheme, thus to achieve a more rational design scheme and a more effective design procedure.

Curtain wall design

Curtain wall design:
• Seaside building, subject to strong wind load and seawater corrosion
• Adoption of two-layer design for the roof, i.e., GRC panel modeling as the outer layer and thermal-insulation and water-proof layer as the inner layer; use of weather boards to guide rainwater safely into the water drainage system and preventing impact on the lower-layer roof structure.

Interior design

Interior design:
• Highly fine interior design aesthetics, meeting the requirements of both high comfort and high economic efficiency
• Conformity to the theme of “New Maritime Silk Road”, and tallying with the exterior design of the building with its romantic temperament.
• Rigorous acoustic calculation, creating a relatively quiet environment in the hall through composite wooden acoustic panel absorbers even when densely populated.
• Combination of the white dominant tone with the golden oak veneer to emphasize the sense of massing of active elements, and use of light belts on the top to depict the architectural flow lines, thus bringing out the best in each other.
Second prize for public building of the 15th Excellent Engineering Survey and Design Award of Beijing
Third prize for public building of the Award for Excellent Design of Building Equipment (Water Supply and Drainage) of the Third Architectural Society of China (ASC)
Second prize (interior) of China Lighting Award 2012
Prize for public building of the 15thExcellent Survey and Design Award of Beijing and the 12thExcellent Engineering Survey and Design Award
Gold prize (interior design) of China Architectural Design Award 2013
Excellence prize of the 6th ASC Grand Architectural Creation Award 2011
11th China Civil Engineering Jeme Tien Yow Award
Silver prize (architectural structure) of China Architectural Design Award 2013
Merit prize of HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards 2013
● First prize of the Best Architectural Design Award of BIM Architectural Design Contest
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