CA: Beale Street Landing nabs global design award
“Beale Street Landing has been named Best Marina/Port in the world by an international architectural awards program.
The Mississippi River cruise ship docking facility placed first in Architizer’s juried 2016 A+Awards, Memphis Riverfront Development Corp. (RDC) officials said Wednesday.
Buenos Aires, Argentina-based RTN Architects won an international design competition in 2003 to get the job. The design has a spiral ramp to allow for changing river levels and features guitar pick-shaped islands or pods that descend toward the water and are connected by walkways and bridges.
Rounding out Architizer’s top five were Barcelona, Copenhagen, San Francisco and Bodrum, Turkey. Barcelona won Architizer’s people’s choice award based on public voting, but Memphis was a close second, RDC officials said.
They called the A+Awards the largest international awards program featuring outstanding architecture and products.
“This international recognition is another affirmation that the RDC is creating a world-class riverfront in Memphis,” RDC president Benny Lendermon said.
Beale Street Landing opened in June 2014 after years of delays and cost overruns that pushed the price tag to $43.6 million.
But RDC officials say the tourism generated by the dock is having a $36.4 million-a-year economic impact on Memphis and promises to grow.
“The dock at Beale Street Landing is not only the best one on the Mississippi River, right now, it’s one of the best in the world, and that’s a primary reason the American Queen Steamboat Company, the American Cruise Line and the French American Line are all operating here,” Lendermon said. Viking River Cruises has announced plans to use the landing for Mississippi River cruises starting in 2018.”