Transformation of Tallinn’s Old City Harbour

2017-10-04 13:00

A new cruise port terminal connected by a main pedestrian promenade

Tyréns UK, in partnership with Zaha Hadid Architects, have been commissioned by the Port of Tallinn Authority to develop a Concept Masterplan for the Old City Harbour. Tyréns UK, are responsible for urban design, landscape architecture, sustainability advisory services and traffic management.

In 2016 the Port of Tallinn launched an ideas competition for the Old City Harbour and preparation of a Masterplan 2030 Vision. The aim of the competition was to find a comprehensive, long-term solution to connect the city and its public spaces to the waterfront. Masterplan 2030 will form the basis for the redevelopment of Old City Harbour, and release existing land within the Port for new mixed-use development.

Anna Reiter, Director at Tyréns said, “We are pleased to be working with Zaha Hadid Architects and the Port of Tallinn. The masterplan articulates different quarters featuring unique identities, providing a clear sense of place. Buildings and walkways are oriented to optimise views towards the sea as well as creating quiet and tranquil courtyards for homes. We worked hard to make the land use balance sensitive to Tallinn’s booming digital economy, and the design specific to climate.”

Tallinn is one of the fastest growing ports in Europe, meeting an increasing demand for services due to its success as a growing hub for cruise ship and ferry passengers as well as cargo. The masterplan consolidates and improves vital port activity while also offering land for civic uses and development.

Valdo Kalm, the chairman of the management board of the Port of Tallinn, explained that the masterplan stood out for its innovative and integrated approach to Tallinn’s maritime gateway. A client representative from The Port of Tallinn Authority added, “the concept proposal presents the most creative and fresh ideas - a metropolitan solution.”

The focus of the masterplan, called ‘StreamCity,’ is on mixed-use residential, alternative office space, and a new iconic cruise port terminal connected by a main pedestrian promenade. The competition design strategy was underpinned by a sustainability strategy addressing energy, waste, materials, air quality, water, efficient transport and logistics, and climate change resilience to strengthen the design concept.

A Unesco World Heritage Site
As one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, Tallinn’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the Estonian capital is a global leader in advanced digital information technology, one of the world’s most connected societies. The new masterplan celebrates this diversity and provides links to the waterfront from spatially disparate but digitally connected city districts. The masterplan creates a vibrant new community near the city centre that will provide an alternative to the city’s Soviet-era housing stock, supported by cultural, entertainment and workspace amenities. Long term plans for public transport and public realm improvements along the entire Tallinn shoreline are underway.

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