The Kuna Yala Sea Terminal (K.Y.S.T.) proposes a series of access points for cruise ships.

Kuna Yala is an autonomous territory or comarca in Panama, inhabited by the Kuna indigenous people. The name means "Kuna land" or "Kuna mountain" in the Kuna language. The area was formerly known as San Blas. The capital of Kuna Yala is El Porvenir.

Kuna Yala has an area of 924 square miles (2393 km²) and a population of 36,487 people (2004). The comarca consists of a strip of land stretching 232 miles (373 km) along the Caribbean coast of Panama, bordering Colombia and the province of Darien. The San Blas Islands, an archipelago of 365 islands, runs along the coast. About 36 of the islands are inhabited by Kuna communities. An additional 13 communities are located on the mainland coast, forming a total of 49 communities.

Today, the Kuna people are struggling to keep and reinforce their indigenous identity with an increased exposure to international tourism. The goal of this project is to allow for an important asset to the local economy to enter without sacrificing the local way of living. Besides the construction of the off shore terminals, we propose a series of micro interventions to support and integrate the local inhabitants and their businesses.

We imagine the best of both worlds; right next to each other.


A Company (Oliver Schütte, Ronald Fonseca and Ana Eugenia Fernandez) for a private client

Location: Kuna Yala, Panama

Status: Concept Design and Feasibility Study

Year: 2006