New Sustainable Cruise Terminal Welcomes Visitors to Tallinn - Cruise International

Stunning new sustainable cruise terminal welcomes visitors to the Port of Tallinn, Estonia

By Claire Benktander | 20 Jan 2022

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A port in the heart of Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, has just opened a sustainable cruise terminal to encourage visitors to the historic city and reduce the environmental impact of travel to the region.

Located among the buzz of the biggest port authority in Estonia, the Port of Tallinn has just opened the most modern and multifunctional terminal in the region.

Beautifully designed to reduce its negative impact on the environment, the sustainable cruise terminal can operate outside of cruise season, making the capital more accessible whilst also reducing its environmental footprint.

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The new facility is also home to a 850-metre-long promenade, designed to connect the port’s 10 million+ passengers each year to the new leisure areas featuring outdoor seating where visitors can enjoy scenic ocean views at the highest point of the terminal.

The scale of the project allows for the terminal to be used to host events, such as concerts and conferences, accommodating up to 2,000 people. Even during the peak cruise season, some level of social distancing will be possible, if required due to Covid-19.

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A striking feature of the terminal – designed by Salto Architects – is the use of Kebony, a global leader in the production of sustainable wood, which was selected for the expansive decking and to clad the building’s imaginative exterior.

Based in Norway, Kebony created an elegant exterior which complements both the structural design and the oceanic surroundings.

Kebony wood develops a unique silver-grey patina over time and its revolutionary technology is an environmentally-friendly process which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods with heat, enabling them to permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood.

Nina Landbø, International Sales Manager added: “We are delighted that Kebony was chosen for the exterior cladding and decking of this flagship cruise terminal in Estonia, and hope it can be used to inspire the development of many more sustainable projects for the cruise-ship industry worldwide.”

Following the COP26 climate summit which saw 100 world leaders promise to end and reverse deforestation by 2030, Salto Architects’ decision to make extensive use of sustainably-sourced Kebony wood for the cruise terminal reflects the global shift to favour sustainable materials in construction.

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