A new canopy which takes structural inspiration both from the waves of the sea and the timber framework of boats provides a skeleton to the new cruise liner terminal in Malaga. The project has two parts; “Pier One” provides 55,000 sq m of new shopping, restaurants and underground parking around a new public area. “Pier Two” provides the imaginative new skeletal canopy running alongside and connecting the new 14,000 sq m passenger terminal, port museum, environmental education centre and a recreation area and green spaces, known as El Palmeral de las Sorpresas (Palm Garden of Surprises). Designed by architect Junquera Arquitectos, the canopy changes form as you walk along it and as the sun changes direction during the day. The project has transformed an area which was fenced off with restricted access, unattractive and isolated from the adjacent city into an attractive cruise facility and public promenade for the people of Malaga and for visitors to the city.
Looking at the unusual form of the trees in the garden, is it fanciful to imagine some inspiration of shapes found in the work of Spanish artists such as Dali and Miro?