“As one of Estonia’s leading design companies, we choose the best skills and knowledge that international practice can provide to ensure that the buildings and residential and working environments we create are as well designed as possible,” remarked Esplan CEO Kadi Metsmaa. “We offer world-class solutions, and our partnership with Zaha Hadid Architects is a reflection of the enormous responsibility that comes with the work our team takes on.”
Today’s signing of the agreement also marked the commencement of the design phase for the terminal, which will serve as the starting point for Rail Baltica. Construction of the railway infrastructure for the project is planned to be completed in two stages. According to the contract, the design phase will last for around 18 months, with the railway infrastructure itself being designed in parallel with the terminal. The construction procurement for Stage 1 of the terminal will be launched in the first half of 2021.
The aim of the work is to create a bustling, multi-faceted transport hub and a new landmark in urban space that integrates commercial premises, public services and architectural solutions. The focus of the building from an architectural perspective will be on movement and smooth connections between traffic flows. A dynamic, open environment, it will be guided by the trajectories of people’s movements and allow for a great deal of light. The most challenging aspect of the project will be the construction of the main level of the terminal across the existing railway line.
The cost of designing the Ülemiste terminal for Rail Baltica is 2.6 million euros.