Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils High-Spoed Train Station for Rail Baltica in Tallinn

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed visuals of its model for the Ülemiste terminal in Tallinn, Estonia, which will form part of the Rail Baltica high-speed rail network. 

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in collaboration with local studio Esplan, the Ülemiste terminal will be the starting point for Rail Baltica — an electrified 540-mile-long railway that will connect the Baltic states with Poland. Also, the terminal will include a pedestrian bridge and while providing links between the city’s bus, rail and tram routes and adjacent airport.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ design for The Ülemiste terminal was the winning entry for an international competition held by Rail Baltica in May, which called for a sustainable and pedestrian-friendly station.

“I am more than convinced that the area is becoming one of the most attractive and, in terms of infrastructure, synergistic in Tallinn,” said Taavi Aas, Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure.

“A true multi-modal transport hub is emerging, with rail, bus and air traffic coming together there in the future.”

Render by ZOA Studio.

While the project’s expected completion is undisclosed, Zaha Hadid Architects has proposed a modular structural system so the terminal can be built in phases – preventing disruption to the existing rail lines. Rail Baltica is projected to reach completion by 2026.

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