Estonian Association of Architects / Architect Award 2021 nominee
Estonian Association of Interior Architects / annual award 2021 nominee
Cultural Endowment of Estonia in architecture / annual award 2021 nominee
Location
Logi tn 4/2, Tallinn
Authors
Ralf Lõoke, Maarja Kask, Ragnar Põllukivi, Marja Viltrop, Margus Tamm (Salto Arhitektuuribüroo)
Villem Tomiste (Stuudio Tallinn)
Maarja Gustavson
Commissioned by
Tallinna Sadam
Length
850 meters
Design
2014-2020
Completed
2021
Photo
Tõnu Tunnel

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The cruise ship terminal is located on the north-western mole of the Vanasadam (Old City Harbour), extending from Logi Street to the tip of the mole. The largest part of the structure is a two-level, 860-metre-long seaside city park, on the city end of which is a multipurpose hall structure. The cruise terminal building has two functions – the part of the terminal created to service cruise ship tourists and organizing events with its main entrance from the lower level of the promenade and the restaurant part, which is open to the public, having its main entrance from the upper level.

The terminal was planned on the consideration that the building could also be used outside the cruise-ship season. Now various events from concerts to conferences can be held there. The main room in the terminal can be divided into three smaller halls using sound-proof movable walls, allowing several events to be held at once here. This option paid off during the pandemic, when cruise tourism suffered.

The interiors of the cruise ship terminal have been fluidly and naturally linked to the outsoar spaces – the interior supports the general concept of the building in terms of form and choice of material. The goal was to create a prestigious but also friendly and intimate gateway to the sea for Tallinn. Everywhere – from facades to the interior – timber and concrete have been used, complemented by steel details. Wool panels installed behind the interior walls and the wooden ribs of the ceiling help to create a small space with excellent acoustics. Just like in the exterior, landscaping plays an important part in the interior, bringing in a calm, not-designed set of details, adding a little bit more spontaneous wildness to the orderly environment.

The biggest stars in the interior are the sweeping views of the sea and ships; the interior creates a calm background to the views.