SPARK reveals proposal for estonia's parnu passenger terminal
 
SPARK reveals proposal for estonia's parnu passenger terminal
jan 24, 2015

SPARK reveals proposal for estonia's parnu passenger terminal

SPARK architects has shared with us their proposed design for the new ‘rail baltic parnu passenger terminal’ in estonia. located next to the parnu river, the planned scheme seeks to create a potential axis for future connections between river and overland transportation. since the new terminal building is within walking distance of a drop-off area for public vehicles, it will also serve as a stop for city buses, as well as a designated zone for taxis.

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all images courtesy of SPARK architects

 

 

the proposal has been designed to visualize a ‘seat’ in the forest, a metaphysical space under the pine trees at the coast of the baltic sea, explains the design team. ‘inspired by the qualities of a piece of dressed wood, the piece of architecture tells a story about the tree itself, while the new terminal building compliments the contemporary architectural setting in order to establish a strong and reflexive relationship with nature and its intermediate surrounding environment.’

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large scale public spaces are found at ground level

 

 

the scheme has been conceived as a two storey structure, accommodating large scale public spaces at ground level, with the employees’ offices positioned above. the open waiting room is organized around a central core, with vertical circulation routes connecting the internal program. the majority of technical rooms are placed on top of the building in order to provide the best maintenance options.

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the waiting room on the lower storey is organized around a central core

 

 

oversized timber beams combined with laminated wood columns provide a general anatomy for the building, with the remainder shaped through the use of lightweight steel structures. below, the terminal building will have a strong concrete base integrated within the landscape relief. the design intends to bend around the site’s natural obstacles, creating public roads, service streets and parking lots, as well as a pedestrian network based on the voids available around the trees.

 

the competition was won by estonian practice arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS.

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internal view from offices overlooking the terminal waiting hall

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arrival at parnu railway station

 

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project info:

 

masterplan and architecture: SPARK
project director: mingyin tan
team: (project architect) uldis sedlovs, yuchen zuo, adrian garcia
client: (competition entry – rail baltic pärnu passenger terminal)

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