68 DESIGN FILE PORTOFSEVILLECRUISETERMINAL
LIGHTING • JUNE2015
Right: Design was key to
minimising heat passively
Below: The double-height spaces
allow warm air to rise and relieve
the monotony of the space
PORT OF SEVILLE CRUISE TERMINAL
HOMBRE DE PIEDRA AND BURÓ 4
The brief for a new cruise terminal for the Port of
Seville was that it be sustainable, flexible, multipurpose, extendable and even transferable. It was the
client, the Port Authority, which itself suggested using
sea containers. The obvious danger was that the heat
of the Seville sun on the steel casings could turn the
terminal into an oven. A number of measures were
included to prevent this.
First, the exterior white paint has a special formula of
ceramic microspheres which reflects up to 90 per cent
of solar radiation. Second, double-height sections are
included to both relieve the monotony of the space
and allow warm air to rise away from passengers.
Third, on the east and west facades, opening windows
are installed to allow prevailing winds to penetrate.
Finally, windows are located to the north so they only
receive indirect light reflected from the surface of the
Artificial lighting is also designed using parameters of
environmental and economic sustainability. Low-energy fluorescent fixtures, suspended downlights and
industrial projectors, all from Spanish manufacturer
Lamp, are designed to complement the architecture
and deliver the required light levels. In all, the built
cost was a mere US$492/m2 (£322/m2) thanks to a
simple but effective design.