2010: Finalist, European Prize for Urban Public Space.
2009: Liberty Square subterranean parking garage – year’s best concrete structure, Estonian Concrete Union.
The Liberty Square is situated in the very heart of Tallinn and acts as the main public square of the city. It is a major urban node where the pedestrian-oriented medieval city, the surrounding park belt (former fortifications) and the new city core converge, all laced with major traffic arteries. Despite its central location and a rich heritage as a hay and wood market and formerly a link in the fortification system, for almost half a century the square served as a parking lot. Thus, the main goals for the intervention were to provide a car-free pedestrian-friendly environment while providing a festive main square for the capital of Estonia. The square had to become a platform enabling multiple temporal and programmatic uses, while connecting into the existing city. It needed to provide a platform for urban life in the heart of Tallinn.