Maritime Station

The new ferry terminal was commissioned by the administration of Otranto following a competition. It stands within a redevelopment of the harbor and the creation of a new pedestrian area designed to link the port to the historic city center. The building is located in a unique historical and scenic context, anchored to a rocky spur that descends toward the docks and the sea, stretching to the line of sixteenth century fortifications. The surface of the building clad entirely in local stone from Lecce, sawed by hand to give the building the appearance of a mass of rock detached from the cliff.

Location: Otranto (LE),Italy

Type: International Competition - winner project

Year: 1999 - 2001

Promoter: CEE, Comune de Otranto, interreg program


Building Area: 3 000 m2; Site Area: 8.000 m2

Budget Building: 1.55 ML €

Budget Landscaping: 1.3 ML €

Project: Mario Cucinella Architects

Team: Mario Cucinella, Elizabeth Francis, Edoardo Badano, Francesco Bombardi, James Tynan, Danilo Vespier


Structural engineering: Pierpaolo Cariddi, Alfredo Ferramosca

Mechanical engineering: Roberto Calà

Electrical engineering: Luigi Ricciardi

Site Team: Mario Cucinella, Pierpaolo Cariddi, Alfredo Ferramosca, Roberto Calà, Luigi Ricciardi

Main Contractor: Monticava Strade Srl

Civil Works: Edilcostruzioni Srl

Metal Structure: Bizzarro Giuseppe


Stone Facades: Bianco Cave Srl

Paving: Romano Pietra de Soleto

Photographers: Jean de Calan, MCA Archive