Competition entry for the urban planning of Tallinn’s new harbour quarter

Tallinn, Estonia
Client: Tallinna Sadam
Invited architecture competition: 2013
Size: 65,000 m2

The little used area between the passenger terminal of the harbour and the city centre is to be made into an active zone that cherishes the location – an area with shops, hotels, offices and living spaces.

From an urban planning point of view, the area is located at the intersection of many spatially influential areas. The historic Lootsi quarter is located to the west, the harbour to the north and a residential area to the east. A promenade that connects the Pirita and Kalamaja districts crosses the quarter.

The historic buildings that are to be partially preserved, or more specifically – their old limestone facades and the “footprints” of the former warehouses – will shape the structure of the area. A hotel is planned for the harbour side and a ground level department store and parking area to the south. New residential buildings are planned in the east corner that will house businesses and offices on their ground floors. A promenade designed in scale for the pedestrians will cross the residential area and lead to the square between the Lootsi quarter and the harbour building. The north corner of the area is to house a parking lot together with an office building.