Cornerstone laid at Ülemiste Passenger Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Marking the start of construction works, the cornerstone has been laid at the site of the new Ülemiste Passenger Terminal in Tallinn.

A multi-modal transport hub for the city’s commuters as well as international rail passengers and air travellers using the adjacent Tallinn Airport, the Ülemiste Passenger Terminal is designed as a connecting bridge linking together districts of Tallinn currently separated by the railway tracks that disect the city.

Image © Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Image © Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Opening in 2028, Tallinn’s Ülemiste terminal will be the northern terminus of the new 870-kilometre Rail Baltica electrified railway now under-construction.

Providing passenger services at speeds up to 249km/h, Rail Baltica will connect Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with the European high-speed rail network in Poland. Zaha Hadid Architects developed the design with leading Estonian architecture and engineering firm Esplan.

Image © Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Circulation routes through the terminal have determined the station’s spatial geometry to aid navigation and the seamless integration of the city’s bus, tram, rail and cycle networks that intersect at the terminus.

Incorporating a modular structural system built in phases to enable ongoing operations on the rail lines throughout construction, the terminal has been designed and planned to BREEAM benchmarks and guidelines. Source by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA).

Image © Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Location: Tallinn, Estonia

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

ZHA Board Directors: Patrik Schumacher, Gianluca Racana

ZHA Project Directors: Ludovico Lombardi, Michele Salvi

ZHA Project Leads: Luciano Letteriello, Marco Guardincerri, Navarrete Deza, Mauro Sabiu, Adam Twigger

ZHA Design Team: Luciano Letteriello, Kate Revyakina, Serra Pakalin, Yuzhi Xu, Anthony Awanis, Hendrik Rupp, Mauro Sabiu

Local Architect: Esplan OU

Engineering: Esplan OU

Year: 2024

Images: Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Image © Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Image © Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Image © Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Image © Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

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