Register: JAN/16/2019, Submit: JAN/16/2019, Eligibility: Architects, architecture students, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 4,000 EUR, 2nd Prize 2,000 EUR, 3rd Prize 1,000 EUR, 5 Honorable Mentions
No one can define beauty in simple terms, nevertheless, we know that its experience is often identified with certain qualities. Mathematicians – who, unlike architects, never stopped believing in the role of beauty – knowingly, and comfortably list surprise, significance, clarity, profundity, or ambiguity, as some of its characteristics, and they point out that when order takes over disorder, ‘all falls into place’. This pleasing moment is something that architects are familiar with too and it is a well-known step towards beauty. In our time, beauty is not a singular idea, as plurality prevails, hence we are looking for new architectural beauties. The task is to create a neighbourhood of shared and private habitats to live and work in. Indoor and outdoor places for people of all ages to learn, play and grow.
The aspiration is for the innovative design of dynamic and beautiful architecture where digital gains are augmented by human judgment and cognitive intuition. A goal is to consider the shared eco-system, enhancing relationships between people, flora and fauna, exploring the relationship between the organic and inorganic and considering indoors as outdoors.
We seek a widening of the palette of emotional involvement and the creation of new architectures informed by contemporary, diverse experiences of beauty, which encompass the requirements of ecology and society, as with all good architecture such parameters cannot be compromised.
Whilst not compulsory, we are excited by the possibilities of collaborative design and encourage entries by teams that include members from different practices working together, while each keeping their own language, tools and methods – though being aware of the design produced by their colleagues, reflecting and hopefully responding at key stages in the design process.
The site is situated in between Kalamaja (in the North-East) and Pelgulinna (in the South-West) districts, which both have become very popular living areas for young citizens and young families. On one edge of the competition site there is mainly wooden housing from the beginning of the 20th century and on other edge is bordered by Kopli cargo railway tracks.
The nearby urban area is both local and global in outlook and we wish this duality to transpire through the proposals. We seek to escape the bland globalisation of standard developer architecture and find new concepts in keeping with the alternative lifestyles of the inhabitants of Kalamaja.
The scale of the site has been chosen to allow attention to detail as well as to provoke ideas at an urban scale.
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXISTING SITUATION
Kalamaja could be considered as one of the most vibrant areas in Tallinn (Estonia), as it is in close proximity to Oldtown and to the seaside area, is still quite green and consists mainly of colorful wooden housing. The industry and ports are moving further from Kalamaja and the housing market is currently booming there.
Kopli street is the main connection between Kopli peninsula and the city center. The street is a rather green alley with a tramway running parallel to the road. To the southwest there are the railway lands of Kopli cargo station opposite the wooden housing areas and to the northeast large office and industry buildings such as Kopli street 68 where there is furniture production and Kopli 70A which used to be Tallinn’s Machine Factory and now accommodates various offices and companies.
FUTURE PLANS FOR THE AREA
The future comprehensive plan for the area foresees removal of the cargo station and railway. One constraint on the complete removal is the ship factory located at the tip of Kopli peninsula. As with the areas around the main railway station, Balti Jaam and at Telliskivi where Creative City has expanded in recent years, there are housing and business planned for this area.
TRAFFIC AND LIMITATIONS
The comprehensive plan made for the area recommends preserving and extending the connection of Kungla and Volta streets over the competition area. The connection will be important for traffic circulation, to connect pedestrian and bicycle paths. The aim is to connect two districts: Kalamaja area to Pelgulinn and preferably to extend existing roads. There is a possibility to propose a bridge over the railways or for the railway to be sunk below the road.