Narva Highway becomes Tallinn Main Street – detailed plan announced

The Tallinn Main Street design contest winner has been been declared. In three years, according to the plan, the fresh concept will alter the face and ways of the heart of Tallinn.

The winner of the Tallinn Main Street design contest is «Kevad linnas» (Spring in the City) with the accent on creating a humans based space and bringing back the legendary, almost lost Bastion belt.

The authors of the winning design are architects Toomas Paaver from OÜ Linnalahendused and Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil and Kristel Niisuke from architectural firm Kavakava.

The way the authors view it, Old Town will basically be circled by a 200 metre circular main street which allows easy entry into the historical hear of Tallinn from any important building of it, and every ingoing street.

According to Toomas Paaver, the ideological director of the winning work, the Main Street divides in their vision in two diverse sections. The section of Pärnu Highway from Vabaduse Square to Viru Square is a part of Bastion belt packed with buildings of great symbolical value and importance for society.

The section of Narva Highway from Viru Square to the cross of Jõe Street forms a street that does not have as much important buildings as the Bastion Belt section. Paaver sees the potential of Narva Highway mostly as the most presentable business street in Tallinn.
According to head of the jury and Tallinn deputy mayor Taavi Aas, the turning of Tallinn city centre into a place more people-friendly has already begun a couple of years ago  – as Harju Street was given wholly over to pedestrians.

At the moment, the same is applied to Viru Street as renovations of Tammsaare Park are soon to get underway as well.

The winning work will merge the Tammsaare Park and main street into one common city space.


Also, the Port of Tallinn will be connected with city centre and the Old Town.

The new main street might get ready by mid-2019, noted deputy mayor Aas.

The winning work: „Kevad linnas“ (Spring in the City), by Toomas Paaver from OÜ Linnalahendused and Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil and Kristel Niisuke from architectural firm Kavakava.

Second place: „Selgroog“ (Backbone), by architect Villem Tomiste.

Third place: „Vurr“ (Spinner) by Joel Kopli and Koit Ojaliiv from architecture firm Kuu.

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