Port Noblessner Square
7 Adam Johann von Krusenstern square (Adam Johann von Krusensterni väljak) / Staapli 2 / Rebecca Kontus
The main square in Noblessner is a new urban space in a colourful cheering development. It has furniture with a connecting shape of the marine theme and a vast paved ground to make space for events and happenings that still symbolise the industrial origins. It has been named after Adam Johann von Krusenstern, who was a Baltic German admiral and explorer, who led the first Russian circumnavigation of the globe.
With my musical inspiration it is an interesting story. Since I had the luck to design the public space of Noblessner quarter, then I thought, why not to connect the two fields and also make music about it.
I work in PLUSS Architects in Estonia and we won an architectural competition for Noblessner quarter in 2014 and since the area is quite large, it also needed a profound design for a public space. As a former submarine factory and later a shipyard, the history became the inspiration for the new design concept.
The Krusenstern square is clearly a public space and a main meeting point in Noblessner quarter. The square with its spaciousness creates possibilities for different events and with its openness to the sea offers a feeling of an infinite space.
From the Northern side of a square there are visible numbers from 1 to 10 which mark the Battleship playground, but the letters (ABC…) from a game have been changed to NOBLESSNER, so the area is visible from Google Maps or from a plane. The accents of a square are of course the big red Krane lamps, which were inspired by a silhouette of Tallinn. Since the historical cranes had been already removed from this place, I figured it needed new ones and to really emphasise them, why not turn them into red?
Citizens have not been allowed to this area for decades, it has been like a restricted area, which is now turned into a public space - opposite meaning. For me it is a compliment that so many people come here for photoshoots or just to stroll the beautiful seaside.
My inspiration for the musical piece for Musicity is in fact derived from those exact people, who spend time in here. It is visible especially in the summer evenings. And it also gives me the feeling that if they like it here, “I LIKE IT HERE…”
Rebecca Kontus is a professional singer-songwriter, who is difficult to categorise by one genre. Her smooth timbre sounds good in jazz, but she has also experimented and tested herself in various styles: from gospel to rock. Her 5 solo albums (Inglite pisarad, Déjà Vu, Võin ma tulla, Flâneur, Jõuludeks koju) will provide this kind of colourful experience.
Her latest project dedicated to Edith Piaf brought full houses in all main concert halls in Estonia.