Tallinn Harbour - Europan 9

Type: Urban Regeneration
Status: Competition
Area: 72 130m²
Year: 2007
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Team: Andrė Baldišiūtė, Algimantas Neniškis, Ignas Uogintas, Saulius Bulavas, Greta Kleinė

Piles of rubbish, faded colours and an industrial mood – Paljassare Harbour’s beautiful landscape is suffering from a state of social and spatial depression. The proposal seeks a manifest that does not seek to apply fixed planning solutions, rather one that acts as a guide for the versatile rehabilitation of an area where landscape, social context and new functions demand unity from meaningful solutions. A theoretical approach emphasises process over form, aiming to convert negative spaces and industrial areas into useable functions for the harbour and city.
The master plan is structured on a spatial interval of islands. These quarters reference the ships that enter the harbour and are able to maintain their cultural identity from the deck despite travelling the seas and experiencing countless cultures. So too these blocks maintain a functional unity despite their dynamic ever-changing use. Buildings on these islands can be as varied as the ships, their forms and facades not as important as their social process and functions.
The proposal explores the possibilities of the area, seeking to convert the negative aspects of the territory into a recreational area able to sustain a solely public program.