The town of Koper has developed
a port infrastructure which allows landing of the largest
cruise ships sailing the world's seas. It is one of the northernmost
ports in the center of Europe, which makes it attractive for
transport from southern and eastern ports worldwide. In recent
years, Koper also started to reveal its other side - the town
with a rich cultural heritage and highly attractive natural
hinterland of Istria, Karst and the coastal strip. It is the
northernmost city in the Mediterranean Istrian necklace of
pearls, which begins are in the south of Istria with Pula
and continue to Rovinj, Porec, Novigrad, Umag, Piran and Izola.
Koper managed to offer operators of cruisers all this heritage
and nowadays, over 100 cruise ships take anchor. This makes
it necessary to adjust the level of reception and display
of offer to passengers of cruise, in order to attract them
to programs on land. The project is divided into three segments
- a passenger terminal, the central square at the end of important
urban features and arrangement of a classic Mediterranean
Riva, with the purpose to attract visitors from cruise ships,
other tourists and locals to the area with fine night views
of Trieste and the silhouette of the Dolomites in the background.
Passenger terminal is devised as a catenary structure with
a fabric roof, envisaging sailing and also providing a note
of leisure, enjoyment of travel and ambiance of garden parties.
Terminal's program combines administration and marketing,
with the idea of marketing overshadowing the administrative
part so as to make the user experience more enjoyable. Arrangement
of Riva and the central square regulates movement of users.
At the same time it is a space newly devised for them, because
so far this part of Koper has been determined by the freight
port which did not attract urban users.