ZHA awarded Tallinn masterplan project
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) will help redevelop the Old City Harbour of Tallinn, Estonia.
The Port of Tallinn Masterplan 2030 is described by the architect as a “comprehensive, long-term solution to connect the city and its public spaces with the functions of the port”.
The Unesco World Heritage Site has one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is one of the continent’s fastest growing ports.
The redevelopment will aim to meet increasing demand for cruise and ferry passengers as well as cargo.
The masterplan connects disparate districts of the city and creates a new community near the centre as an alternative to Soviet-era housing.
New cultural, entertainment and retail districts, and hotels, will serve Tallinn residents and 5 million annual visitors.
Valdo Kalm, the chairman of the management board of the Port of Tallinn, said: “Zaha Hadid Architects have very skilfully created a balanced connection between urban space and the port area with some carefully considered access roads and traffic solutions.”
He added: “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.”
The Port of Tallinn and ZHA aim to complete the masterplan for the Old City Harbour by the end of 2017. On completion, detailed plans will be commissioned and suitable business models elaborated for development implementation.
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