Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Tallinn Port Contest

Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Tallinn Port Contest

Zaha Hadid Architects just won an international competition to redevelop one of Europe’s fastest growing ports in Estonia’s bustling capital of Tallinn. The Masterplan 2030 will oversee a comprehensive and long-term redevelopment strategy for the Old City Harbor and reconnect disparate parts of the city into a more cohesive whole. Pedestrian friendly design, improved public transit access, and increased public space are part of ZHA’s redevelopment plans, as is sensitivity to the city’s historic fabric.

An uptick of cruise ships and ferries to the Port of Tallinn has accelerated the demand for better passenger services as the port moves beyond just cargo needs. ZHA’s aim is to redevelop the port into a more attractive and easy-to-traverse urban space. The design will combine Tallinn’s innovative digital information technology with the charms of Tallinn’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities.

“We’re honored to work with the Port of Tallinn, developing unique solutions to create these important connections for the Old City Harbor’s long-term vision,” said Gianluca Racana, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects. “Supported by its network of new pedestrian routes and public transport links, the master plan reinvents a familiar space in Tallinn and reconnects the city with its harbor, enabling residents to reclaim a part of the city that is currently difficult to access and designed only for transit.”

The new master plan is centered on a central pedestrian promenade with branching pedestrian footpaths that connect disparate parts of the city and link the ferry and cruise terminals to the city center. In addition to the emphasis on connectivity, the design preserves the city’s urban fabric from existing vistas to the sizing of new city blocks. The flexible and mixed-use civic spaces will provide cultural, entertainment, shopping, and hotel amenities to the over 5 million visitors to the port every year. The master plan for the Old City Harbor is expected for completion by the end of 2017.

■ Zaha Hadid died of heart attack on 31 March 2016, aged 65.