Kärdla is the only town on Estonia’s second largest island, Hiiumaa, and has around 3,000 inhabitants. In recent years, the town’s central square has been modernised. As well as an open-plan market hall and a cultural centre, which bring fresh impetus to town life, the green areas have also been converted into new, safe urban spaces.
Until recently, the elongated square was dominated by traffic and parks. Now, following a suggestion by the landscape architects’ bureau Mareld, the area has been split into a winter and summer square. This has resulted in a living space that is geared to human beings, which combines culture and market life with greenspace. The nearby stream has also been incorporated into the planning by the designers in the guise of an irrigation garden consisting of alder trees, fountains and wetland vegetation.
In addition, a new lighting concept has been devised for this modern town centre, for which the choice of the planners fell on the design lines Olivio Sistema and Olivio Universal with its high-quality wooden pole. Here, Olivio creates a look that blends in perfectly with the green surroundings. The individually configured shapes of the luminaires mean the central square can be illuminated using various light settings depending on the application. As a result, the new lighting concept in Kärdla town centre has created a lively living space that promotes well-being.
client: Hiiumaa Municipality Government
architect: Skepast ja Puhkim OÜ, MARELD landskapsarkitekter AB, Bornstein Lyckefors Arkitekter AB
landscape architect: Martin Allik & David Gough, MARELD landskapsarkitekter AB
electrical installation: Silmani Elekter
photographer: Tiit Veermäe
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