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Zaha Hadid Architects designs the urban renewal of Tallinn Port


The Zaha Hadid Architects practice has won the international ideas competition for remodelling the port of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The important growth in cruise and ferry transportation, among other causes, has led the city to promote the area’s redevelopment and real estate utilisation.

One of the principal goals of the chosen proposal is to guarantee the proper connection of the various urban spaces, whether inside or outside the project’s area. With this aim in mind, constructions are arranged along a major pedestrian axis that surrounds the bay and operates as the backbone for the urban fabric. Both ends of this new promenade concentrate the areas with the highest build density, in an orderly succession of public spaces. In addition to the internal connection, the master plan aims to ensure the relationship between the various districts and especially that of the port with the historic centre (listed as a World Heritage Site due to its historical importance), which is the city’s main tourist destination. The project incorporates a cable car which from the bay’s tourist terminal leads to the very gates of the urban centre.

The master plan sets out an important diversity of uses with the aim of turning Tallinn port not only into a traffic zone but fundamentally into a place for urban life. Public spaces and fit-outs complete the proposal in order to enhance the civic character of the maritime front, which will offer its inhabitants the incentive of directly overlooking the Gulf of Finland.


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