Building company Maru Ehitus intends to build an office building reminiscent of a huge lump of stone on Tallinn's Järvevana tee which is inspired by nature and folklore. An iconic building was sought for the area which is a restricted zone.
Architect Kadarik Tüür's design "Kivi Maja" (stone house) won the competition and is "inspired by local folklore, nature and conditions". According to the architects' idea, the building is covered with a complex facade, which offers parasols for the windows, nesting places for bats and will become a symbol of the city.
As the building will be built close to Lake Ülemiste, which is a restricted zone, no more houses can be built there. This is also one of the reasons why Maru Ehitus and the city of Tallinn wanted the building to be something special and to become a landmark.
According to the planning manager, it is not yet clear which material the facade will come from. Although the building symbolizes and resembles a stone, this material is unlikely to be used.
In the detailed plan, concrete, metal, glass and wood are mentioned as possible materials in exterior finishing. The building will have up to 12 floors and a maximum height of 40 meters.
Jaan Kurm, the client and head of the planning, told ERR if the detailed plan is approved by the city, it will take a year to prepare a construction plan and another year to build the building. The building will be used almost entirely as an office, there will also be a small commercial space on the ground floor.
Editor: Helen Wright