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ACTIU Berbegal y Formas, S.A.
Norwegian Cruise Line
March 2024 | 26 minutes
  • Architects: Bermello Ajamil & Partners
  • Client: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Location: Miami Beach, Florida
  • Area: 166,500 m2

Designed by Bermello Ajamil & Partners for the international cruise company, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), the new Terminal B of the Port of Miami is committed to design, innovation and sustainability to improve the traveller's experience .

Already a jewel in the city's skyline, the so-called 'Pearl' of Miami takes its design inspiration from a nautilus, with a spiral façade that opens up to the ocean and an interior in which Actiu has participated, together with its partner in North America, Masof, equipping the impressive lobby with its Avant benches.


The Port of Miami, the 'cruise capital of the world', needed to expand its facilities to accommodate the ever increasing influx of NCL passengers, who commissioned the Miami-based firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners to design the new Terminal B.

The terminal had to ensure high standards of sustainability, optimising energy efficiency, indoor air quality, efficient use of water, use of local materials and human resources, protection of wildlife, and reducing pollution. In addition to faster and more efficient boarding and disembarkation processes, security checks and check-in to improve the passenger experience.


With a surface area of 166,500 m2 and capacity for cruise ships with more than 5,000 passengers, the new terminal designed by Bermello Ajamil & Partners stands out for its unique exterior, with three giant, arched and transparent domes, reminiscent of a nautilus.

The interior is no less impressive, with a grand hall more than 11 storeys high that recreates the lobby of a ship. With steel columns and aluminium panels, its smooth finish is reminiscent of the surface of a pearl, while the carpeting in shades of blue recreates a cosy oceanic atmosphere. On it, and like small living organisms, the Avant benches by Actiu are distributed, with soft and ergonomic lines that ensure comfort while waiting. To enhance the connection with nature and thus improve the passenger experience, wood has been chosen for the seat and backrest, and no armrests or side tables have been added.

Designed and built from a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach, the Miami 'Pearl' is also the first cruise terminal in the world to obtain LEED Gold v4 certification awarded by the Green Building Council.

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