Viking boats inspire Faroe Island ferry terminal

Viking boats inspire Faroe Island ferry terminal
Danish architect Henning Larsen has designed a ferry port for Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, which is inspired by traditional Faroese fishing boats and the historic local harbour.

The 8,000-sq-m development will house a ferry terminal, public area on an outdoor ramp, plus the headquarters and a logistics centre for local shipping company Smyril Line.

The ramp will link the facility with the Eastern harbour, which is currently closed to the public.

Henning Larsen’s design of the project aims to invoke nostalgia found in 1950s black-and-white photographs showing crowds gathering to bid farewell to departing passengers at the Eastern harbour.

The building is made from wood and concrete, the wooden element inspired by traditional Faroese fishing boats which can be traced back to the Vikings.

The ground floor contains a public waiting room, café, registration desk and port security area. The upper waiting room grants access to the terrace ramp.

Louis Becker, Henning Larsen’s global design principal, said: “We are honoured to unveil the design for Smyril Line’s new headquarters and ferry terminal in Torshavn, a project that truly embraces the essence of the Faroe Islands.

“Through the expert use of materials and careful consideration of the surrounding landscape, our vision captures the essence of the islands, evoking a sense of wonder and connection.”

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