ICT Demo Center home – Ülemiste City – to become Tallinn’s most modern district13.02.2014
The new architectural solution of Ülemiste City in Tallinn that was unveiled today will become the basis for the construction and development of the 35 ha campus until 2025. According to the solution, Ülemiste City will have not only new commercial and office buildings, but also apartment buildings, a sports complex, a culture centre, parks, cafes, etc., aimed at bringing round-the-clock life in the campus. For over 5 years Ülemiste City has been the coziest home for Estonian ICT Demo Center, which hosts around 300 delegations of international decision-makers yearly interested in Estonian Digital Society success story.
„Ülemiste City will become a fully functional and modern city district in the next ten years,“ said Gert Jostov, Chairman of the Management Board of Technopolis Ülemiste AS. „While our main objective is to continue developing an international and knowledge-based working environment, we see it not only as an area for new office and commercial buildings, but also attractive residential, communication and leisure area that would attract people to the campus 24 hours a day and inspire the development of new business models. In the future, Ülemiste City will accommodate ca 15,000 employees and 5,000 residents.“
„At present Technopolis manages 20 business campuses in Scandinavia, Baltic states and Russia, but Ülemiste City is totally unique among them. Never before have we been merging office and public space in such volumes,“ noted Martin Seppälä, representative of Technopolis Plc. „One success factor for this project is clearly the excellent location of Ülemiste City – the campus is located in the vicinity of Tallinn Airport, a rail terminal and large traffic arteries, only 10 minutes by car from the city centre and passenger port. For us, it was kind of a pilot project for testing whether such a model of a campus could be tried also elsewhere.“
„Ülemiste City definitely has the potential to become major attraction, thanks to the proximity of the airport, the planned tram line to the city centre and to the passenger port, and the location of the planned rail terminal,“ noted Endrik Mänd, chief architect of Tallinn. „I am glad that it was decided to organize an architectural competition for developing an integrated vision of urban space and planning its further development.“
The invited international architectural competition held in the second half of 2013 for developing an architectural solution for Ülemiste City was won by Scandinavian architectural bureau Tengbom Eriksson Architects Ltd.