Ülemiste City

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Location

Ülemiste City, 11415 Tallinn

Size

36 hectares

Development

Technopolis Ülemiste AS, Mainor Ülemiste AS

Photos

Kert Saarma

Typology

Refurbishment, Commercial, Historic, Landscape and Urban Planning, Public

Tags

Residential, Estonia, Refurbishment, Urban, Landscape & urbanism, Commercial, Historical, BIM, Parking, Quarter, Public space, Urban planning, Office building, Retail premises, Renovation, Reuse, Apartment, Office, Restaurant, Tallinn

Built in the territory of the former Dvigatel factory following the principles of the smart city, this is a district of 36,000 hectares where 7000 people are working by now. The area that has been developed since 2005 accommodates several innovative enterprises – offices, cultural institutions, businesses, industrial and storage spaces. One of the most attractive economic environments in the Baltic countries is emerging here in the immediate vicinity of two main thoroughfares – Tartu and St Petersburg Roads – and the airport.

The industrial complex lost its market potential after Estonia regained its independence in 1991. It was privatized and after several failed attempts by the owners to reach previous production capabilities the decision was made to change the course. One third of the are ais developed by Technopolis Ülemiste LLC and two thirds by the Mainor Ülemiste LLC. Since 2005 the companies have been redeveloping the old industrial area into a modern technology campus. For this the Kista City technology campus in Sweden was chosen as an example.

The preserved industrial architecture is balanced by present-day commercial architecture; the great emphasis on creating a holistically functioning district is expressed in its carefully planned infrastructure, development of public spaces and outdoor areas.

The development has given new lease of life to the historical industrial area. Onetime heavy industry has now been replaced by modern offices with interconnecting parks, pedestrian areas and greenery. In addition to offices the Ülemiste City houses sports clubs, grocery stores, restaurants, a kindergarten and in 2020 the first apartments were also completed. The aim of the developers is to turn Ülemiste City into a 24/7 multifunctional area with over 15,000 workers and 5,000 inhabitants by the year 2025.