- Macau, China 2008
- Total Building Area: 365,760 sqm
Located at historic Ponte 16 (16th Pier) on Macau’s Inner Harbor, Jerde integrated the project into its site between the historic city center and the Inner Harbor (Porto Interior) to create a vibrant pedestrian experience revitalizing the western edge of Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. The design takes cues from Avenida de Almedia Ribeiro, a major access into the site, and Senado Square (Largo do Senado), each of which is a composite of Macau’s lively urban character. Radiating from Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro in all directions is old Macau, a fascinating warren of narrow streets, street markets, open-fronted family shops, and a cacophony of sounds, sights, and smells. Jerde’s design of Ponte 16 both connects to and fits the scale of the city while containing the large 126,500-square-meter program.
During the conceptual design, Jerde studied Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro as a vibrant microcosm of what Macau has to offer. As it extends from Outer Harbor to Inner Harbor, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro offers a distillate of the Macanese urban character, combining Portuguese-inspired colonial architecture, mosaic paving, potted plants and quaint streetlamps with typical China shop houses, and culture, such as the aromas and music offered in street-side restaurants and cafes, sounds of mahjong games, and people strolling and browsing among the shops.
Ponte 16’s architecture includes a renovation and restoration of some of the historic pier buildings and is designed with a Portuguese character that extends the charming village found in the surrounding area. Plazas, fountains, Spanish tiles and Portuguese mosaics, stone, brick and warm colors are used throughout the project.