Noblessner is located in Tallinn’s seaside, neighboring the Kalamaja district and Seaplane Harbour maritime museum.
The history of Noblessner.
The history of Noblessner dates back to 1912 when Imperial Russia’s principal submarine shipyard was established here by two St. Petersburg businessmen: Emanuel Nobel (nephew of Alfred Nobel). The shipyard was named Noblessner after the family names of the two men. A total of 12 modern submarines were built here between 1913 and 1917. The submarine production ended when Estonia became independent in 1918 but shipbuilding and ship repairs have continued in Noblessner until August 2018.
Emanuel Nobel was a colorful person and as talented as his world-famous uncle Alfred. Besides managing Branobel, the family oil company, Emanuel established the world’s first diesel engine factory, which also produced engines for Noblessner submarines.
He was the owner of an outstanding collection of Fabergé jewelry and a lover of art and sumptuous dinners. In 1888, emperor Alexander III of Russia personally offered him Russian citizenship, and Emanuel accepted.
In 1916 the shipyard received an order for 20 large ocean-going submarines, but because of the 1917 October Revolution, these were never built. The shipyard was declared bankrupt in 1925 due to a lack of orders and the buildings were divided between various enterprises, which also built smaller ships here. At the beginning of the Soviet occupation, the fragmented enterprises were once again merged. In 1944–1951 the shipyard was called Tallinna Meretehas (Tallinn Marine Factory) and it repaired the Baltic Fleet’s minesweepers. Over the following decades, the shipyard operated under the names Marine Factory No. 7 and Shipyard No. 7, building vessels for the Soviet Navy and repairing whaling vessels and fishing trawlers. After Estonia became independent again in 1991, the shipyard was named Tallinna Meretehas (Tallinn Marine Factory). This is where the submarine Lembit was repaired before it was handed over to the Estonian Maritime Museum.
The main developments in the Noblessner district in the forthcoming years are six new apartment buildings and renovation of the historic submarine shipyard buildings: nearly 44,000 m2 of apartment and business premises in total.
Once the major submarine shipyard of Imperial Russia, it has now turned into a seafront quarter that is open to the people and to the sea. You will find here historical industrial buildings with their stately architecture, a promenade, a marina and developments of homes and business spaces. Noblessner means cultural events, arts, business, creativity, and maritime culture. Everything old will be renovated, everything new has been carefully thought through.
The former power plant (7 Peetri St.) will become a business and apartment building by summer 2020 and the former boiler plant (10 Staapli St.) will be revamped as an office building. Various businesses, galleries, and restaurants have moved into Noblessner’s historic industrial buildings over the past two years. The first stage of housing development has been completed along with a large part of the marina district infrastructure: a city square, streets, cycle, and pedestrian tracks.
In the next stage of Noblessner housing development, BLRT Group in cooperation with Merko Ehitus Eesti will build six apartment buildings with about 330 apartments and nearly 4,000 m2 of commercial and business premises. The first house is planned to be completed at the end of 2021 and the remaining buildings are expected to be ready in 2022.
Noblessner is the only area in Tallinn where a complete urban space including squares, parks, a promenade, small business premises, and versatile recreational facilities are developed around homes in the immediate vicinity of the sea.
The author of the architectural solution for the largest building of the next stage of housing development, the building at 4 Allveelaeva St., is the architectural bureau Pluss, which also designed the residential buildings for the first stage of Noblessner development. Five apartment buildings will be erected next to the historic Elling Park, at 3 Lennusadama St. / 18 Vesilennuki St., the architectural competition for which was won by KOKO Architects.
The Marina accommodates one hundred yachts of up to 24 m. The marina’s facilities include toilets and showers, washing machines and dryers. A new breakwater will be completed in October 2019; a number of berths are being planned as well as filling and purging services.
Marina code: EE NOB
Coordinates: 59°27’18.00” N; 24°44’07.20” E
Registered address: Tööstuse 48, Tallinn 10415
Phone +372 +372 525 1680
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