img.0 An aerial view of the Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia. ZHA is set to modernize the surrounding area next to the port. Photo: Getty Images.
Tallinn is not only Estonia's capital, but it's also been one of the most important port cities in the area due to proximity to the Baltic Sea. Which is why the competition dubbed the Masterplan 2030 was such a sought-after project, drawing submissions from some of the biggest firms in the world. It was recently announced that Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) would be awarded the prize, and that its design will be the one to better connect Tallinn to its port, a problem which has not only left areas underutilized but created traffic jams.
Typical of a ZHA-designed space, the scheme for this multisection project fluidly combines contrasting building types into a harmonious space. Titled Streamcity, the area will bring together residential, commercial, and leisure-designed structures to the site. But it's not just constructing buildings; ZHA's design also calls for any unused space to be converted into grounds for a public park. "Our vision for the Harbor redevelopment master plan is to create a new recognizable and distinct gateway to the city of Tallinn, a new city fabric interconnected with the adjacent city districts," explained ZHA in a statement.
img.1 A rendering of ZHA's plan, which will modernize and better connect Tallinn's Old City to its port. Photography by Zaha Hadid Architects.
In 1997, Tallinn's Old Town, which is considered by experts to be among the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And while ZHA won't actually touch any of the oldest buildings in Tallinn's Old Town, it will revamp and modernize its surrounding area. Working alongside the Latvian-based firm RemPro and Tyrens UK, a consultant for urban, landscape designs, among others, ZHA plans to bring Tallinn's Old Town swiftly into the 21st century with its multipurpose design. What are the next steps to breaking ground on this design? The Port of Tallinn plans to work with ZHA to finalize the plan before the end of the year. There is no indication as to when construction will begin or end.
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