Passenger terminal Souda

The development of the new Passenger Terminal of Souda will contribute to the future development of the port and provide a high quality service to the continuously increasing number of visitors in Crete. Our proposal aims to achieve optimum functionality of the Terminal and create a landmark that is inspired by the morphological characteristics of the Cretan tradition and archaeology. The passenger terminal will be the first and the last building that visitors will come across during their arrival and departure from Crete. Therefore it is essential to provide a unique experience to the passengers and introduce them to the Cretan hospitality.  The notions of the arrival, pause and departure are expressed through the translucency, the clean volumetry and the continuous flow of the terminal. The volumetry refers to the purity of the anonymous architecture in the Greek islands, the structural system of the trusses is a reference to the Venetian shipyard geometry and the translucent shading surface is an element that connects it to the industrial identity of the port.
The terminal will be the first element of interest to be seen by the arriving visitors as the ships will be approaching the pier. As such, the building aspires to function as a modest landmark, a building that is unique not only by its design but also in the way in which it is integrated in the port and its surrounding context. The program of the Terminal is arranged in two floors with an overall height of less than 10 meters. The ground floor is recessed to provide shaded space in the perimeter and the main entrance, and it contains the main lobby and visitor’s services, check-in areas, administration offices, utilities and secondary spaces. The first floor is connected to the lobby through a large atrium and an escalator, and contains the main waiting areas of the Terminal, the café and the jet bridge connections to the boats.

Total area:
Competition team:


Crete, GR
Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure
competition entry — 2nd prize
9 000 m2
Marina Kounavi, in collaboration with Architects for Urbanity: Irgen Salianji, Karolina Szóstkiewicz, Harris Vamvakas
DENCO Structural Engineering, GKA Engineers