The ambition of the new City Hall is to provide the public with better service quality, offer a better working environment for civil servants, and optimise management and logistical costs. The last time Tallinn built a special building for its government was more than 600 years ago when the Old Town Hall was designed. That Town Hall is still in use as a place for official festivities and receptions and is undoubtedly one of the most well-known symbols of Tallinn. The present-day offices of the City administration are scattered in 30 different locations.
To ensure that the new building will follow the footsteps of the old and become a new symbol of Tallinn, an international architectural design contest was organised in 2009 and won by Danish architects from Bjarke Ingels Group, with a project called The Public Village. Tallinn is striving towards creating a new standard for designing indoor climate and energy efficiency in big office buildings. The architectural language of the building is aiming to stimulate a transparent and coherent governance.
Tallinn Town Hall plans were commended as best office in the Mipim Future Award for its contribution to its context in terms of urban design and its human qualities, as well as the attributes of the building, particularly in enhancing workplace productivity.
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