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Tallinn's Old City Harbour to be redrawn

Publication date: 2017-09-06

Tags: maritime, estonia

Tallinn's Old City Harbour to be redrawn

The Masterplan 2030 competition has been won by the London-based Zaha Hadid Architects bureau.

The competition was launched last year by the Port of Tallinn with the aim of finding a comprehensive, long-term solution to form the basis for property development in the Old City Harbour port area, as well as to connect city and public space with the functions of the port.

In making their selection, the jury assessed the entries for their compliance with the competition task set for this stage. Among other aspects, they evaluated how well the ideas worked with the surrounding environment, how well thought-through the connections were between the port and the city, how fresh and innovative the solutions were, and how feasible it would be to realise the ideas.

The Port of Tallinn will now jointly work with Zaha Hadid Architects on completing the Masterplan 2030 by this year's end. Once this is done, detailed plans will be commissioned, along with elaborating suitable business models for the implementation of these developments. When drawing up the development plans for the Old City Harbour, Zaha Hadid Architects will co-op with the Latvian architectural bureau RemPro as a regional partner; Tyrens UK as a consultant for urban, landscape, sustainability, and traffic planning; Colliers Estonia and RLB UK as consultants for real estate and cost; and VA-Render for visuals.

"The winners of the competition have very skilfully created a balanced connection between urban space and the port area with some carefully considered access roads and traffic solutions. What stands out in their designs are the diagonals running through them of the pedestrian footpaths, around which a very diverse and memorable city space has been established. Interesting details include the water features they've designed along Reidi Street and their partial - and very smooth and effective - raising of the areas for pedestrians up to another level," Valdo Kalm, Chairman of the Management Board, the Port of Tallinn, commented.

He also said, "Adding to the overall feel of integration in their designs is the urban square and greenery they've come up with for the area around Admiralty Basin, stretching all the way from the front of Terminal A to the front of Terminal D. Their entry was also marked out by strong logistics and property development analysis and a convincing and realistic projection of the implementation of the Masterplan stage by stage."

Photo: Port of Tallinn

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