Galataport Cruise Terminal is the world’s first underground cruise terminal.
People arriving in Istanbul by sea experience the sparkle and airiness that the Bosphorus guarantees as it passes between the city shores. The underground terminal makes it possible not to affect the peace of the landscape while ensuring the same feeling of space and comfort once off the ship.
The structure of the Galataport is based on shapes and textures that support the fluidity and naturalness of artificial light. The terminal is then inspired by typical local cisterns and their historic cloisters.
The lack of natural light was a crucial ergonomic parameter. The light thus became a key element: it develops scales, zones, colors, and textures. Ceiling sections mimic more traditional natural light openings thanks to grazers that direct light flows. Lighting systems aid orientation and passenger traffic. Thanks to the use of reflective ceiling materials and backlit walls, moreover, the light generates the feeling of large and delicate spaces, even though the architecture is sometimes quite narrow.
Finally, thanks to DALI control systems, it is possible to adjust the intensity and balance of light between zones to simulate natural light changes and ensure the best comfort for users all the time. Thus, it was possible to pursue energy efficiency goals without compromising visuals and functional comfort.
Galataport has received LEED Platinum certification, transforming the existing port area into a sustainable public attraction for the first time since the 19th century. The project prioritized local resources, community involvement, and the preservation of authentic culture and architecture. With appropriate building heights, the Galataport maintains the surrounding landscape while improving cruise operations. It incorporates sustainable measures such as efficient HVAC using seawater hydrothermal cooling. The project exceeds international standards for air quality, energy, and water efficiency and, finally, followed environmentally friendly construction practices. DALI lighting controls,, allow for the management of lighting to balance daylight and avoid energy waste. Galataport sets a benchmark for sustainable urban development.