This thesis project imagines a speculative architectural narrative that situates itself within the discourse of climate change through the creation of a reimagined typology of cruise ship. It argues that cruise ships are an often-overlooked typology within the architectural realm, which might be surprising since cruise ships are large-scale built entities that impact major areas of contemporary urban landscapes in our coastal cities.
Taking its departure at the Cruise Port of Copenhagen, located in the developing area of Outer Nordhavn, the project imagines a different future for the travelling machines. In this future, cruise ships as we know them today have been banned, and in their wake, a new prototype of state-owned cruise ship takes their place.
By acknowledging cruise ships as a potent symbolic micro-cosmos of human agency – between the our capacity for technological prowess and our inherent drive for adventure and pleasure – the project forms a speculation on the way we as humans can connect with nature by means of architecture. Furthermore, the project asks how ships can play a role in getting us closer to the immense issues and wonders of the sea.
The proposal is a cruise ship prototype that acts as a form of expositional ‘sea school’ in the Baltic Sea area. It explores the cruise ship as a vessel of multiple typologies where ‘cruisers’ engage with the sea more directly than in current ships. When in port, the speculative cruise vessel acts as a public part of the city infrastructure and the urban life of the harbour.