Located in the bustling heart of Estonia's largest port authority, the Port of Tallinn has opened the most modern and multifunctional terminal in the region.

Superbly designed to reduce its impact on the environment, this sustainable cruise terminal can operate out of season, making the capital more accessible while reducing its environmental footprint. One of the most striking features of the terminal – designed by Salto Architects – is its remarkable use of Kebony wood, one of the world's leading producers of sustainable timber, chosen for the building's extensive floor and exterior cladding. 

The large surface area of ​​the terminal allows it to host events such as concerts and conferences, with a capacity of more than 2 people. Her generous dimensions also mean that, even during peak cruise season, a certain level of distancing will be possible should the Covid-000 situation require it. 

The new facility also stands out with an 850 meter long promenade, designed to connect the more than ten million annual passengers to the new leisure areas. Visitors will be able to enjoy panoramic ocean views at the highest point of the terminal, thanks to outdoor tiered seating. 

Based in Norway, Kebony is a world leader in the production of sustainable wood materials. Kebony thus appeared as the ideal solution for this innovative project. Kebony wood creates an elegant exterior that complements both the project's structural design as well as its ocean setting. It develops a unique silvery gray patina over time and also blends with the silvery tones of the sea, while requiring little to no maintenance. 

Revolutionary Kebony technology is an environmentally friendly process that modifies sustainably sourced softwoods with heat, allowing them to permanently acquire the attributes of tropical hardwoods, including durability, hardness and stability high dimensions. This unique process also gives Kebony its distinctive look.


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