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Zaha Hadid Architects, Tallinn, Port

Masterplan 2030: Zaha Hadid Architects wins ideas competition in Tallinn

The ideas competition for the development of the Old City Harbour in Tallinn was launched in 2016, with six selected architectural practices being invited to participate in the two-stage process, from which Zaha Hadid Architects has now emerged triumphant.  The aim of the contest was to find a long-term plan for improved links between the city and its harbour zone.

A new urban area is to be created at one of Europe's fastest-growing ports. In this respect the old harbour is to continue to act as a hub for cruise liners and freight traffic; at the same time, the site is to become a new residential and work district – comparable to the urban developments in such port cities as Hamburg or Rotterdam.

The mediaeval old quarter of the Estonian capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taking the city's historical urban fabric into account, the new city blocks in the harbour development concept continue the existing scale of neighbouring districts.  Flexibility of uses is an important aspect of the Masterplan, which has not designated any specific functions for the time being.  The focal point of the planning is a central pedestrian promenade featuring a sequence of civic spaces that is to enable Tallinn's inhabitants to use the new urban area during the long period in which the project is implemented.  

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