Tallinn Terminates Contract for Planned City Hall Building ({{commentsTotal}})

Source: Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

The City of Tallinn announced on Monday that it reached an agreement with Danish architect bureau Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to scrap a contract for designing the city's planned new town hall.

According to a press release from the city, the contract was ended because BIG had asked for an additional million euros, which the city found unreasonable.

Tallinn will maintain the right to use BIG's concept and preliminary design, while the architectural group will continue to be involved in the planning process in the future.

"We signed a contract that would give the city the right to independently complete the planning phase,” said Helena Maide, the city's project manager for administrative services.

Tallinn Secretary Toomas Sepp said the city will now focus on analyzing financial possibilities to find out if and when a new town hall can be built.

In 2009, the Danish architecture bureau Bjarke Ingels Group won the design contest for the planned new town hall. The design was applauded in an international architecture contest in 2010. Construction of the hall, which would house the city government and most of the city's agencies, has been delayed for years.

The plot on Põhja puiestee 33, next to Linnahall, has been designated as the spot for the city's new administrative building.



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