In the beginning of May, Port of Tallinn announced three finalists whose works were chosen to participate in the second stage of Old City Harbour’s long-term development vision’s design contest. Three finalists are: Alver Architects with a vision named “MMUF”, Zaha Hadid Architects with a vision named “Streamcity” and Kavakava and Alejandro Zaera-Polo Maider Llagune Arhitecture bureau with a vision named “Tõus ja Mõõn”.
See the visions of “Master Plan 2030” finalists HERE!
Port of Tallinn’s CEO Valdo Kalm said that Port of Tallinn was satisfied with all works that the chosen finalists presented and added that into the final plan it would be possible to include different solutions from all three visions.
“When talking about the three finalists I would bring out the diversity of their ideas. MMUF’s vision has powerful geometry and large urban landmarks. The proximity to water on pedestrians’ routes between the buildings by means of channels and streams in the green spaces leaves a good impact. Streamcity’s vision is a metropolitan solution, which offers fresh ideas the most. Most exciting details include water bodies next to the Reidi Road and pedestrian areas that are smoothly brought above the ground to a different level. A single urban square with green areas designed in front of A and D terminals provides good integrity for the vicinity of the Admiralty Basin. Vision “Tõus ja Mõõn” focuses on existing and historical values of the harbour area. Opening up Sadama Street to the sea is an outstanding idea as it provides a spacious zone to the area.“
The panel of “Master Plan 2030” contest consists of Valdo Kalm, chairman of the management board of Port of Tallinn; Hele-Mai Metsal, head of development department of Port of Tallinn; Endrik Mänd, chief architect of the city of Tallinn; Peeter Pere, vice chairman of the Estonian Association of Architects; and Ülar Mark, a member of the Estonian Association of Architects.
When choosing the finalists the panel took into account visions’ accordance to the initial task. Also, it was evaluated how well ideas fitted into the surrounding environment and how well urban area and port area were united, how fresh and innovative the ideas were and also the feasibility to use the ideas in reality. Port of Tallinn and members of the panel will work on in more detail with the three chosen proposals taking into account their initial visions and also including best ideas from other contest participants. Finally the port will conclude a contract with the creator of the most viable entry and by the end of 2017 develop the Masterplan 2030 final vision in cooperation with the winner.
The Old City Harbour long-term development vision 2030 must include improvement of passenger facilities, principles for the local residential environment, functions favouring trade and commerce and a local public space solution with transport and pedestrian options.