Rail Baltic – The Engine of Progress



27.02. – 05.04.2015

Exhibition „Rail Baltic – The Engine of Progress“ opens at the Cellar Gallery of the Museum of Estonian Architecture on February 27. The exposition introduces the best works submitted for the architecture competition of Tallinn Ülemiste and Pärnu passenger terminals.

For Tallinn Ülemiste, 14 works from Estonia and abroad were presented that were in accordance with the requirements of the competition. The jury unanimously recognised as best design project entitled “Back” by the architecture bureau 3+1 Architects Ltd. (Gert Guriev, Markus Kaasik, Riin Kersalu, Kerstin Kivila, Taavi Lõoke, Mihkel Meriste, Andres Ojari, Siim Tiisvelt and Ilmar Valdur). The jury emphasised the significance of the winning work’s visibility from both Peterburi Road and Suur-Sõjamäe St. and appreciated its impressive form, which has been cleverly placed above the railway.

The architecture competition of the Rail Baltic Pärnu terminal was similarly an international contest, for which 31 suitable entries were presented. The First Prize was given to a design entitled “Water Strider” by Indrek Allmann, Jaan Jagomägi, Gunnar Kurusk, Tanno Tammesson and Holden Vides from the architecture bureau Pluss Ltd. The jury highlighted the project’s exciting exterior and functionality, which provides the passengers with a comfortable travel experience even in unfavourable weather conditions.

Rail Baltic is an international rail connection that will connect Estonia with Central and Western Europe and its neighbours. Rail Baltic is one of the biggest investments in the years to come in improving travel opportunities as well as developing business and trade, tourism and the exchange of goods. With the co-financing from the European Union the construction work can begin in 2017-2018.

The exhibition will be open until April 5, 2015.