Zaha Hadid Architects has released preliminary renderings of their winning design for a masterplan that will unify two sections of Estonia’s busiest port city: the Port of Tallinn and Old City Harbor.
The Port of Tallinn organized the competition in 2016 with hopes of linking its port, where millions of passengers arrive annually, with the city’s historic central district, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bustling tourist destination.
ZHA’s design team anchored their proposal around a central pedestrian boulevard with green spaces and street furniture, creating opportunities for rest and retail spaces. A vast network of pathways, including a pedestrian bridge linking two sections of the port, crisscross the masterplan, ensuring accessible circulation and a clear separation from roadways necessary for the port’s operations.
Though the footprints of the buildings projected for the site reflect ZHA’s signature swooping style, the architects noted in a release that all structures would adhere to the pre-existing scale of neighboring districts and maintain Tallinn’s historic views of the sea. The mixed-use structures’ white curves, in combination with the design of most cruise ships, create a vernacular that visually sets the port apart from the city.
The finalized plans for the project, known Masterplan 2030 for the Old City Harbor, will be completed ZHA by the end of the year.