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Brits shortlisted in Port of Tallinn contest

Old City Harbour, Tallinn
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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s practice, AZPML are among six firms in contention to remasterplan Tallinn’s historic Old City Harbour

The two London-based studios are competing against Baltic and Scandinavian practices for the commission in the heart of the Estonian capital.

The shortlist – which includes Helsinki Central Library contest-winner ALA Architects – was chosen from 30 applications to the contest, representing 15 different countries.

Commenting on the shortlist, jury chair and Port of Tallinn chair Valdo Kalm told Port News: ‘The successful entrants’ portfolios were most interesting, with solid listings of previous work and inspiring solutions. The panel wanted to select companies with diverse strengths.’

A ZHA spokesman said: ‘Zaha Hadid Architects’ work in some of Europe’s most historic port cities has integrated their communities and popular new public spaces with the city’s infrastructure and the vital activities of its port.

‘We’re honoured to be shortlisted in the competition to work with the Port of Tallinn, developing unique solutions to create these important connections for the Old City Harbour’s long-term development vision.’

For AZPL, the shortlisting comes 22 years after its founder Alejandro Zaera-Polo won a competition for the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal with his former practice Foreign Office Architects.

ZHA completed a new harbour terminal in Salerno last year and has also drawn up a large-scale waterfront masterplan for Bilbao’s Zorrozaurre district.

Earlier this year the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017 launched a separate contest for ideas to transform the city’s Paljassaare Peninsula. The deadline for applications is 25 April.

The latest Tallinn masterplan, covering development up to 2030,  will upgrade passenger facilities within the historic harbour, enhance surrounding residential districts and deliver new public transport and pedestrian facilities for the area.

The shortlisted teams have until early April to draw up initial sketches for the area. Three finalist proposals will then be selected for further development ahead of the selection of a winner later this year, who will work with the port to draw up a detailed masterplan.

Judges include Port of Tallinn chair Valdo Kalm, city architect Endrik Mänd, and the vice chair of the Estonian Association of Architects, Peeter Pere.

The full shortlist

  • Alver Arhitektid OÜ (Estonia)
  • ALA Architects (Finland)
  • City Form Office with KCAP Architects & Planners (Estonia and Netherlands)
  • KavaKava OÜ with AZPML (Estonia and UK)
  • Terroir ApS with Karres en Brands landschapsarchitecten (Denmark and Netherlands)
  • Zaha Hadid Architects (UK)
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