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Inspirations

Learn about revitalization projects we love

The abandonment of port regions is common in many large cities throughout the world.

To give new life to the old Porto Alegre wharf, we sought examples from various locations. Learn about the revitalization experiences that inspire us.

Porto Antico, Genoa, Italy

The Porto Antico di Genova S.p.A. company was created in December of 1994, and began operations in January 1995. Much like with Cais Mauá do Brasil, it was specifically created to manage the restauration project of the old Genoa port and give it back to the community. The city granted the company the concession of the 130 thousand square meter area until 2050. 71 thousand square meters of indoor area, and 59 thousand square meters of outdoor area. Today, Porto Antico of Genoa is a tourist attraction.

Porto Antico, Genoa, Italy

One of the main purposes of the revitalized Italian port is the promotion of cultural activities and the availability of space for conferences and meetings, as well as other places that can be useful to the public. Following this trend, the Cais Mauá Waterfront will have spaces for different sized events in the warehouse areas and the old Port Refrigeration Chamber.

Porto Antico, Genoa, Italy

In Genoa, from June to September, visitors can use the swimming pool to ward off the heat. In the winter, the ice-skating rink is a good idea – the only one in Italy with a panoramic view of the sea. All that in a historic atmosphere. Just like what will happen in Porto Alegre, large port cranes were restored and are part of the scenery, receiving special illumination.

Porto Antico, Genoa, Italy

The Genoa Aquarium is one of the main attractions of the Porto Antico. Since 1992, it has enchanted over 24 thousand visitors with its sharks, penguins, dolphins, and friendly manatees. The cetacean pavilion alone, opened in 2013, has 70 tanks and over 15 thousand animals of more than 400 different species.

Porto Antico, Genoa, Italy

Want to see Genoa from a different angle? Bigo is a scenic elevator designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, inspired by the shape of the cranes that loaded the ships. The cabin takes the visitors up 40 meters, and during the rotation provides a full view of the port and the city.

Porto Antico, Genoa, Italy

After that, how about a quick stop at the Biosphere? The spherical structure made from metal and glass, also designed by Renzo Piano, is a microclimate that houses over 150 species of animals and plants, including turtles, fish, and birds. And sports lovers can’t miss their chance to visit the Genoa Museum. It preserves over 120 year of Italian soccer history, as well as spaces dedicated to athletics, cycling, and others. There are over 500 items in exhibition.

Porto Antico, Genoa, Italy

Contemporary art lovers will enjoy the Luzzati Museum. Named after the designed and illustrator Emanuele Luzzati, the museum offers exhibits of cartoons and animated films. Another must-see museum in Porto Antico, the National Antarctic Museum, gives guest the chance to be an explorer for a day. Porto Antico also offers cinemas, shops, the De Amicis bookstore, restaurants that offer casual meals, cafes, and discos.

Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

Located in the shores of the Mediterrenean, Port Vell is the oldest part of the Barcelona Port. Like so many other cities throughout the world, Barcelona neglected the area for decades, and it became a decadent and dangerous place. The city’s population no longer believed that the area could be recovered. Today it is one of the most visited tourist sites in Europe.

Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

At the end of the 1980s, Port Vell received major investments and underwent a revitalization process. But first, the project faced several controversies and challenges. In 1989 the newspapers and magazines reported the ongoing debate regarding what would be done with the space, since the port’s relationship with the city was always viewed from an economic point of view. Currently, the Barcelona port is a global “post-card”!

Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

The changes made to the city for the 1992 Olympic Games speed up the completion process. The Barcelona case is very familiar to b720 Arquitectos, the Fermín Vasques’ Spanish office that, along with Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados, of the former mayor of Curitiba and former governor of Paraná, helped format the project concept to the Porto Alegre Cais Mauá Waterfront.

Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

Port Vell opened in 1992, providing a unique location for tourists and the local population in a complex that joins leisure, sports, shopping, entertainment, dinning, and culture. It became one of the zones with the most urbanistic quality in Europe, with a port that is totally integrated with the city.

Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

One of the best places to enjoy the beauty of the revitalized port of Barcelona is from the cable car, called Teleferico del Puerto or Teleferic del Port, which connects Port Vell to the Montjuïc mountain.

Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

Since then, Port Vell has been consolidated and today is a landmark for residents and tourists. Over 16 million people visit the port each year. Among the major attractions is La Rambla del Mar, built to facilitate access to the center of Barcelona. The space is a walkway built over the water as a continuation of the city’s famous promenades.  This wooden overpass sometimes acts as a drawbridge for the ships stationed in the marina.

Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

Port Vell, in Catalan, or Old Port in English, still holds the Imax Aquarium, the largest aquarium  in Europe, with 11 thousand animals and 450 different species, the Catalonia History Museum, and seafront restaurants where you can order a typical paella.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Located between Robben Island and Table Mountain, the old Cape Town port was built by Queen Victoria (Alfred) in 1860, to protect the ships from the strong winter winds. Abandoned in 1960, it was remodeled in 1988 and combines commercial and leisure activities with the operational port in a charming environment.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The project’s main characteristic was the conversion of the area to mixed residential, commercial, and tourist use, as well as the maintenance of the port operations, revitalizing or rebuilding historical buildings. Victoria & Alfred receives 22 million visitors a year and is one of the largest tourist attractions in Africa.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

One of the major attractions of Cape Town’s revitalized port is the Two Oceans aquarium, which shows the extraordinary marine life of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, with about 3 thousand live marine animals.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The Ferris wheel is over 50 meters tall and provides a full view and attracts visitors from all over the world. The tourism and recreation areas were improved by building shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants, making the port an entertainment benchmark.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Mobility is favored by the transport system with a railway station and an intermodal system with buses and boats: an inspiration for the Cais Mauá, it will have easy access by urban train, catamaran, mini-bus, car, bicycle, or on foot.

Inner Harbor, Baltimore, USA

Since the eighteenth century, the port in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States, has gone through several stages: it was the largest shipyards center in the USA, an oyster processing site, and a military port, until it began to decay. The intervention that transformed it began in 1980. Today, over 30 years after the revitalization, in is still vibrant: it is the main tourism and recreation spot in the city, with museums, hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants. The main place for shopping and dining is Harborplace.

Inner Harbor, Baltimore, USA

Built in 1855 and initially installed in the middle of the Patapsco River for signaling purposes, an old lighthouse was refurbished and placed with the Inner Harbor. Today, the Seven Foot Knoll Light belongs to the Baltimore Maritime Museum and is a symbol of the revitalized port and its commitment to development that maintains the local history: and inspiration for Porto Alegre. The lighthouse, when it was in the middle of the river and active, had families of the lighthouse operators who lived there.

Inner Harbor, Baltimore, USA

Besides several art and history museums, the Inner Harbor has the Maryland Science Center with must see attractions for kids, like an IMAX cinema, a planetarium, and dinosaur skeletons.

Inner Harbor, Baltimore, USA

Among the attractions of Inner Harbor, there are spaces for musical shows and concerts, like the Pier Six Pavilion, for open air events and under a tarp.

Inner Harbor, Baltimore, USA

The landscape of one of the most beautiful American ports can be seen by locals and tourists from the Patapsco River, evening and daytime boat tours where the local history and characteristics are narrated by the guides. In Porto Alegre, the tourism tours of the Guaíba River, such as the Cisne Branco (White Swan) boat, will come to life at the new Cais Mauá Waterfront. Another attraction of the Inner Harbor is the National Aquarium.

ESTAÇÃO DAS DOCAS, BELÉM (PA), BRAZIL

Estação das Docas is the result of the restauration of the old river port in Belém. Inaugurated in 2000, it is a famous tourist spot in Pará, offering several cultural attractions, fashion, leisure, and dinning.

ESTAÇÃO DAS DOCAS, BELÉM (PA), BRAZIL

The Guajará Bay waterfront is 500 meters long and has three warehouses, and the original architecture was in the typical fashion of the second half of the 19th Century, built out of English steel. Today there is the Arts Boulevard, the Dining Boulevard, and the Fairs and Exhibits Boulevard. The Maria Sylvia Nunes theater and the São Pedro Nolasaco Amphitheater, which rose from the revitalization of the ruins of Fort São Pedro Nolasco , destroyed in 1825 after the Cabanagem revolt.

ESTAÇÃO DAS DOCAS, BELÉM (PA), BRAZIL

The space offers several artistic manifestations, with free cultural products for visitors throughout the year: the “Pôr-do-Som” which presents folklore theater, “Música no Ar” with musicians playing and singing the best local, Brazilian, and international music, “Cine Estação” with its circuit of alternative films, and the “Teatro ao Pôr-do-Sol” which offers children’s theater of Sundays at 5.30pm.

ESTAÇÃO DAS DOCAS, BELÉM (PA), BRAZIL

With an estimated circulation of over 3,500 people a day and over a  million visitors a year, Estação das Docas  has become one of the most widely known and significant locations in Pará.

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PUERTO MADERO, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

A degraded area that became one of the coolest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. This is Puerto Madeiro. A gastronomic hub and a great place to visit and go out at night in Bueno Aires.

PUERTO MADERO, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Puerto Madeiro was built at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th. After remaining deactivated for over 50 years, the area was restored beginning in 1989, with the purpose of reintegrating the city to the river. The result is one of the youngest neighborhoods in the Argentine Capital, with several artistic, cultural, and gastronomic attractions. The streets are named after famous women in local sciences, arts, and politics.

PUERTO MADERO, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

The various options offered there include bars and restaurants with distinctive architecture, monuments (such as Monumento al Tango and the Fouente de las Nereidas), museums (such as Museo del Humor, Museo de Calcos y Escultura Comparada Ernesto de La Cárcova) the Argentino Yacht Club, as well as parks, plazas, nature reserves, and more. One of the most beautiful attractions is the “Puente de La Mujer,” which represents a couple dancing the Tango.

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