A children's playground and tiered seating both feature on the roof of the new cruise terminal building in Estonia's capital Tallinn, designed by local studios Salto Architects and Stuudio Tallinn.
Doubling as a public space, Tallinn Cruise Terminal boasts an 850-metre-long promenade across the roof.
Salto Architects and Stuudio Tallinn collaborated on the interesting design with the aim to create a spot that could be active throughout the year.
Large sets of steps are integrated into the surface of the roof, creating spaces for people to sit and enjoy the view. The seating areas mean the space can also host performances or various events. 8 months a year, the waiting areas can be easily transformed to host fairs, concerts, or exhibitions.
The promenade is lined with plants. A blue rubber area provides space for exercise and play. There is also a restaurant underneath the main seating steps.
The cruise terminal is situated on the northwest seawall in the Old City Harbour of Tallinn. Built from concrete, its facades are a mixture of Kebony wood and glass cladding.
The interior features a simple layout, with a vast waiting hall at the front and ancillary spaces like private offices and toilets lined up along the back.
The waiting hall can be sectioned into 2 different areas via mobile passport control booths and sliding walls.
A generous staircase leads up to the mezzanine, connecting the interior with the roof level. The rooftop landscape extends out to the peninsula's end, beyond the volume of the building. The underneath space provides a sheltered waiting area for cruisers.