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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Kindergarten Lotte in Tartu, Estonia by kavakava Architects

 
April 17th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: kavakava Architects

The city of Tartu has the goal of implementing high-quality modern architecture in new public buildings. The new kindergarten, which is located in one of the most dilapidated areas of Tartu (the so-callled Chinatown is a former Soviet military garrison), is a result of this policy. The kindergarten´s layout – a six-cornered, star-shaped floor plan forced into a square – arose from the desire to avoid long corridors and to create an orderly outer perimeter and street space for the building. Building is situated on one edge of the plot and leaves the southern side free as a play area.

Image Courtesy © Lauri Kulpsoo 

  • Architects: kavakava Architects
  • Project: Kindergarten Lotte
  • Location: Tartu, Estonia
  • Photography: Aivo Kallas, Kaido Haagen, Lauri Kulpsoo, Kristo Nurmis
    Designers:
    Architect: Indrek Peil, Siiri Vallner (team Sten Mark Mändmaa) /Kavakava
    Interior Design: Tea Tammelaan, Malle Jürgenson, Krista Lepland, Sirli Ehari/ Laika, Belka & Strelka
    Engineers: RTG
  • Client: Tartu City Goverment, Department of Education
  • Site: 8041m²
  • Building Area: 2292m²
  • Total Floor Area: 1885m²
  • Volume: 9395m3
  • Structure: cast in situ and prefabricated reinforced concrete
  • Total costs: 2.5milj €
  • General Contractor: Merko Tartu
  • Design date: 2006
  • Realisation date: 2008

Image Courtesy © Aivo Kallas

External appearance of the low street-sided building has an inwardly character. Concrete side walls with small coloured glass openings and a bamboo fence of the height of the building itself make for some isolation of the kindergarten from the outside world.

Image Courtesy © Aivo Kallas

The corridor winding around the central hall doubles as a play area for the children. The central hall is about a metre below ground level, creating the effect of a stage, and together with “play” corridor that surrounds it, it forms a single open space. The six petals contain kindergarten home rooms, creativity classrooms, kitchen, dining room and administrative offices.

Image Courtesy © Aivo Kallas

The star-shape allows lots of light to the interior. Intimate courtyards are formed between wings. Continuous geometry throughout all design is used. Plan is formed by lines which intersect under 60 degrees with each other. Same way is developed triangle-pattern on facades and ceiling at the core of the building.

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen

Construction system and materials: Cast-in-place concrete is used for the core. It has a impressive amount of thermal mass and need for cooling in spring and early summer is reduced to minimal. Natural ventilation is combined with the mechanical one in this building. All rooms have plenty of natural light.

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen

Children day-rooms face south towards an open air play area. Prefabricated concrete is used for a walls with triangular windows – great accuracy was needed here because triangular glass panes were inserted directly (without frames) into the concrete wall.

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen 

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen

Image Courtesy © Kristo Nurmis

Image courtesy Kavakava Architects

Image courtesy Kavakava Architects

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