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Zaha Hadid Firm Reveals Rail Terminal, Bridge

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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After winning first place in a design competition launched by Rail Baltic Estonia, Zaha Hadid Architects (United Kingdom) has revealed renderings of the new terminal intended for the Rail Baltic railway in Ülemiste, Tallinn.

Rail Baltic Estonia first announced the international design competition in May and closed submissions on Sept. 3. ZHA was chosen by a nine-member jury made up of members from Rail Baltic Estonia, Pro Kapital Eesti AS, Estonian Railways and various architects.

ZHA will be collaborating alongside Estonian firm Esplan on the project.

Ülemiste Terminal

Slated to be 870 kilometers (540 miles) long, the Rail Baltic electrified railway plans to extend from Tallinn to the Lithuanian-Polish border.

“I have been constantly informed about the developments in the Ülemiste area and in light of the works presented to the public today, I am more than convinced that the area is becoming one of the most attractive and, in terms of infrastructure, synergistic in Tallinn,” said Taavi Aas, Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure.

“A true multi-modal transport hub is emerging, with rail, bus and air traffic coming together there in the future.”

According to the design renderings, the multi-modal platform will double as a public bridge for commuters, rail passengers and air travelers using the adjacent Tallinn airport. The renderings also reveal a circular route and spatial geometry intended to aid visitors in navigating the terminal.

The station’s designs also report to meet BREEAM benchmarks and guidelines.

ZHA reports that the terminal will be constructed in phases using a modular structural system so that rail operations can run without disruption throughout construction.

Eventually, the Rail Baltic line will connect Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius with the preexistent European high-speed rail network.

Other ZHA Projects

Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping led the official inauguration of the Zaha Hadid-designed Daxing International Airport. The 450-billion-yuan ($25 billion) airport project took five years to build and was created to relieve congestion at the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport.

Also last month, ZHA was reported to be one of nine solicited architecture firms to attend architectural design workshops in Warsaw, Poland, for developing plans for a new Poland-based airport, slated to be known as “Centralny Port Komunikacyjny” or the “Solidarity Transport Hub.”

ZHA concepts included large transparent elements for lighting and vegetation using sustainable systems capable of supporting plants in the Polish climate. One of ZHA’s proposals featured a railway line directly below the airport, theoretically allowing air travel passengers to observe arriving and departing trains.

In July, the first and only residential skyscraper in the United States designed by architect Zaha Hadid, Miami's “One Thousand Museum,” reached completion. Construction for the residential tower began in August 2015 and involved 10,000 cubic yards of concrete just for the foundation.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Bridges; Bridges; Color + Design; Color + Design; Commercial / Architectural; Commercial Construction; Commerial/Architectural; Competitions; Design; Design - Commercial; Design build; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Rail; Terminals; Zaha Hadid

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