Delicate Touch of Urban Reuse Revival

Architects: Siiri Vallner and Indrek Peil
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: June 5 – October 1

For Lift11, an urban installations festival being held this summer in Tallinn, Estonia, architects Siiri Vallner and Indrek Peil chose a “weathered and deformed” pier as the site for their temporary intervention.

The Pier as it was.

First looking at images of this ‘park’ one might be reminded of the modulation on of flattened surfaces like Vicente Guallart’s microcoasts.

“This way,” as the project statement explains, “a derelict and crumbling object can be revived as part of the modern city space, opening up the seaside area of Tallinn for local people and for visitors.”

The Cultural Kilometer jetty existed as a product of decades of decay. Subsequently, it is now less than suitable for docking vessels, but would be ideal for sitting and relaxing in the sun. The architects strengthen the concrete and cover the surface with a material emulating a patio table. By adding a new skin of beech wood the new condition provides a new use while still retaining the dynamic angles time has generously provided. So it is still the subject of abandoned and crumbling urban space, but this time a piece of silk has been draped over the damage, forgiving its haunted past and breathing new life into this central space in the city. This might be seen as a superficial way of ‘fixing’ this site, but the other side argues this is merely a gentle touch for the revival of The Pier. Limited by funds and making use of the existing amenities, this pier design has accomplished more than that of large planting masses, shiny new railings, and sleek fountain features.

Rendered image of the design.

The design embraces the beauty of time and decay.


This way, a derelict and crumbling object can be revived as part of the modern city space, while opening up the seaside area of Tallinn for local people and for visitors.

With the right amount of intervention these designers have made this space available without degrading the cultural sense of place. This type of clever and well executed project leads the way for future projects. One of the main lessons to be taken from this project, is that a minimal, non-intrusive design can carry a lasting effect.

Finished product.

** Siiri and Indrek, the local architects, have also done some pretty amazing buildings.

images sourced via: VULGARE, lift11


One comment

  1. Oh, this is really fantastic! Low-cost, low-impact, visually stunning, and retains a memory of what once was.

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