Arup and international architects Broadway Malyan have completed the design of a new super-marina complex, following an international design competition staged by client Lusort, with the project forming a major part of the wider redevelopment of the outer harbour of the award-winning Marina de Vilamoura.
The marina complex will create an iconic gateway to the renowned marina, and raise the profile of the outer harbour, as well as provide shade for the buildings and public areas during the summer and protection from the elements in the winter.
The project includes the development of two buildings for shops and restaurants, the building of the future headquarters of Lusort and port authorities, workshop space to support the adjacent shipyard, and basement parking for 106 vehicles and landscaped areas.
A key feature of the design is a spectacular set of canopies that covers the majority of the site and that will certainly provide the marina with a future icon. Arup is iin charge of the full structural and geotechnical design on the project from concept to detail design and including technical site assistance during construction phase.
These four large white concrete finished free-formed canopies, with a simple internal steel structure designed by Arup, will mark the maritime entrance to the marina.
The striking canopy seemingly floats over the marina buildings, public space and pedestrian terraces in harmony with the marine environment. They also shade and protect the public port-side spaces, ensuring a comfortable climate for the users.