Construction of the Tallinn train station is starting. It is a project by Zaha Hadid Architects

It will be part of the international Rail Baltica route. The new railway station in Tallinn, Estonia, was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. It is a futuristic structure whose design features solutions characteristic of the work of the late Zaha Hadid.

The Ülemiste rail terminal in the Estonian capital will be part of the 870km-long Rail Baltica route. In Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, broad-gauge infrastructure predominates. The new route will be built to standard gauge, which is expected to save time when trains travel from Lithuanian territory to Poland. The line will be electrified. Eventually, it will be possible to travel from Warsaw via Kaunas and Riga to Tallinn and then by ferry to Helsinki. Trains on the new route are expected to reach speeds of up to 249 km/h.

We have been dreaming of a fast connection to Europe. This is a landmark year in the construction of Rail Baltica; in addition to laying the foundation stone, construction of the main line has also begun. Theconstruction of a high-quality connection will provide new opportunities for the Estonian people and its economy,” said Kristen Michal, Estonia’s Minister of Climate.

Architects from Zaha Hadid Architects have designed a large interchange that will combine rail, bus and tram transport under one roof. Estonians may gain a new architectural landmark in the capital. The building has a dynamic form, streamlined shapes and the studio’s characteristic soft lines. The entire station resembles a huge footbridge that connects two parts of the city. Today, this part of Tallinn is divided by a railway track.

The design of the station is based on modular technology. The individual pieces will be made in a factory and brought to the construction site. The new station will not only serve international routes. The facility is intended to provide a boost to the capital and make it easier to get around the city by public transport.

The concept for the station was already established in 2019, when the results of the international competition for the station design were announced. Construction of the new station is expected to last until 2028.

Zaha Hadid passed away in 2016. The Pritzker Prize winner has a number of iconic projects around the world to her credit. The Tallinn station is among the latest in the studio’s portfolio.

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source: Zaha Hadid Architects

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