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The Evolving Landscape of Waiting Areas

After the project to create a new terminal in the Port of Barcelona was agreed in 2015, work shortly began in July 2016. Following two years of construction, the Helix Cruise Center was opened in May 2018 and is the second building at the port’s Adossat wharf to be created by Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest leisure travel company. 

The Helix Cruise Center is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art terminal spanning over 12,500 square meters and combined with the existing facilities at the port represents Carnival Corporation's overall largest terminal investment in Europe at over €46 million. 

With the addition of the new Helix Cruise Center, Carnival Corporation expects to accommodate over one million passenger movements at the port in 2018, with 289 calls planned by 38 different ships. With such a high footfall anticipated through the large space, one of the main challenges designers had to overcome was organising the spacious waiting area within the facility.

As the new cruise terminal reflects the modern and graceful architectural style of Barcelona, it was important to create a contemporary and comfortable environment that would enhance the experience for cruise guests waiting to embark. 

With this in mind, Zoeftig was commissioned to provide waiting area seating solutions that would create a welcoming atmosphere. It was essential that the core seating module selected could be transformed to generate a friendly and dynamic space, and could be adapted according to the needs of the building design. 

As well as creating an informal waiting area, Zoeftig was challenged with providing waiting area seating solutions that incorporated key amenities within a departure lounge such as signage, mobile charging points and bins.

To meet these needs, the Landscape range – designed in collaboration between Zoeftig, part of the Figueras International Seating Group, innovative design partner, Emiliana Design and renowned architect, Batlle i Roig – was selected as the perfect option. 

Standing out from the crowd with its clean edges, distinctive shape and eye-catching materials, the modularity of Landscape is able to facilitate a host of different combinations and configurations.

In total, 918 seating solutions were required for the waiting area, which were then split into 58 separate seating groups. In keeping with the modern design of the space, upholstery in Titan blue, Berry and Gold yellow was selected to create an eye-catching design. As well as including traditional seats with backrests, the terminal is also home to a number of bench style formations that include charging points, planters with greenery and bins. 

Paul Williams, CEO of Zoeftig Group, commented: “When we were tasked with finding a seating solution that would offer not only comfort for waiting passengers, but also flexibility throughout the building, our Landscape range was the obvious option. The sleek design of the range not only adds to the architecture of the new Helix Cruise Center, but also provides passengers with a functional waiting area which incorporates a number of different amenities for the modern traveller such as charging points. The overall effect delivered by the style and colours of Landscape looks fantastic and we were delighted to be a part of such an iconic development.”