The winner of the architectural competition for the extension of the Estonian Business School (EBS) is Finnish architecture firm Arkkitehtitoimisto ALA OY. The 30-storey building will be built in Tallinn's Maakri area.
The winning work of ALA architects envisages the extension of the existing 6,000-square-meter Lauteri tänav study building to 4,500 square meters, which will extend to Lennuki tänav. EBS announced the new study building will have auditoriums, rooms for group work, areas suitable for organizing events and quiet areas.
The main building of Lauteri 3 will be a 30-storey high building which will include a 4,000-square-meter wide business hotel where research-intensive startup offices will be located.
Student accommodation will be built above the business offices.The upper floors of the building will host 15,000 square meters of apartments. The sales revenue will cover most of the necessary investments for the expansion of EBS' study and entrepreneurship environment.
Mart Habakuk, chancellor of EBS and chairman of the architectural competition, said: "As the main target group of the apartments is prosperous entrepreneurs, we hope the residents will also get involved in the school community as students, mentors, guest lecturers, future employers and angel investors. The conceptual project of ALA architects fits well into the Maakri quarter as the implemented project will be an important landmark – A new home of business and economic education and entrepreneurship in the heart of Tallinn."
The judges of the competition pointed out the strongest point of the winning work was the design of the building which adds an elegant structure to the city's landscape.
Indrek Allmann, member of the jury, explained: "A building with balconies that has simple and clear shape is very rich in nuances, it also gives out a very functional and a good contrast to the technical glass buildings that are dominating the Maakri area today."
Estonian Business School (EBS) is a private Estonian university that operates in Tallinn and Helsinki.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein