A coherent urban environment between the Kalamaja and Pelgulinn districts of Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia
Client: Harju Tervis AS
Commission: 2014
Size: 260,000 m2

The planned area is walking distance away from the city centre running along the western border of the popular Kalamaja district with its valuable milieu and along Kopli Street, which is one of the busiest roads on the Kopli peninsula.

The urban landscape surrounding the former Franz Krull machine factory is diverse. The Volta Street side, which lies towards the city, is lined with two and three storey apartment buildings built in the late-19th and early-20th century. The other side of Volta Street, which lies towards the planned area, is bordered by various industrial buildings as far as Tööstuse Street. Kopli freight station is situated southeast of the planned area. The general design provides a light traffic road above the territory of the freight station, which creates a connection between Kalamaja and Pelgulinn. An area with mixed-use examples of industrial architecture built from silicate blocks and metal, residential houses under heritage protection that were built for the re-enlisted conscripts who were part of Peter the Great’s naval fortress garrison, and the Arsenal factory building lay northeast and north of the planned area.

The historic inner street of the machine factory has been converted into Krull’s linear park with only pedestrian access. Vehicular traffic has been moved to the periphery of the quarter on existing and proposed streets. The new buildings follow the historic street front and the historic facades with their timeless nature, which are to be preserved to create the identity of the new quarter.

A business centre with stores and recreational space has been designed on the corner of Kopli Street and the Kilometre of Culture. The motif of the proposed linear park connects the green areas of the new smaller quarters into one straight green line. The assembly plant at the Franz Krull machine factory, which has been most authentically preserved, is situated in a prominent location beside the linear park and a central club building has also been designed there. Commercial and service companies on the ground floors by the central main street form an active street front.