IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR THE HAAPSALU BISHOP’S CASTLE
Location: Estonia, Haapsalu, Lossiplats 3
YARD (ca. 3.5 ha)
Client: Haapsalu City Government
The project was compiled in: 2001, 2005 and 2007
The work was completed in: 2008
Authors: Kersti Lootus, Heidi Viilop
Best Municipal Engineering Project in Estonia 2008 (titled bestowed by the Estonian Association of Municipal Engineering)
The castle yard is located in the Haapsalu Old Town heritage conversation area no. 27013.
To display the Haapsalu Bishop’s Castle more thoroughly. The most important design elements of the castle are the small castle with its forecourt, the castle church, the earth fortification structures and moat.
To add possibilities for various activities, to attract people of all ages.
The pathways were improved and stairs built. A system for directional signs related to the castle was also developed to over the entire city. The Pointer Tower Gate was opened to the public, which is one of the most high-spirited entrances to the castle. The limestone stairs were improved; two small stages were designed; and a new staircase was built from the moat to the circular wall.
The pedestrian walk along the wall was improved. A wooden walkway that resembles flowing water was built in the moat, and children’s playgrounds with specially designed castle-themed equipment were installed on both “shores”.
Benches, litter bins and lighting were installed.
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