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Snailtower in Tartu, Estonia by Künnapu & Padrik Architects

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Article source: Künnapu & Padrik Architects

The building consists of a 23-storey vertical block with flats and some offices, and of a horizontal parking house on four levels. On the north-east side, the building is bordered by a road and by the River Emajõgi, and on the south-west, by the Science Centre Ahhaa. The ground plan of the tower is a spiral. Thus a symbolic building emerged, where the spiral is expressed in the sculptural form of the upper part of the tower. This spiral sculpture contains the idea of the entire project.

Image Courtesy © Reio Avaste 

  • Architects: Künnapu & Padrik Architects
  • Project: Residential and office building “Tigutorn” or “Snailtower”
  • Location: Väike-turu 5, Tartu, Estonia
  • Photography: Reio Avaste
  • Programme: Apartments, Offices, Parking and Roof Terrace
  • Structural Engineering:  TARI [Ahto Soomer, Erri Vares]
  • Builder: Nordecon Ehitus
  • Area: 7600 sqm (tower) + 6230 sqm
  • Design Year: 2006
  • Construction Year: 2008

Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu, Estonia by Künnapu & Padrik Architects

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Article source: Künnapu & Padrik Architects

The Science Centre forms a joint whole with the earlier Tigutorn (Snail Tower). The idea of Tigutorn’s design was a cosmic spiral, whereas the Science Centre rests on the shape of Vesica Piscis, known in sacred geometry, which has been hidden in the design’s main image. The Centre constitutes the roots of the spiral tower. The cupola, half-cupola, globe and box together produce a constructivist composition, where the connecting elements are vertical communication shafts and horizontal spans, which can be observed both inside and outside.

Image Courtesy © Arne Maasik 

  • Architects: Künnapu & Padrik Architects
  • Project: Science Centre AHHAA
  • Location: Tartu, Estonia
  • Photography: Arne Maasik
  • Programme: Planetarium, science theatre, cafe, shop of tools and books of science, lecture room, hall, laboratory, workshops for constructing and repairing exhibits, cloakroom, information desk and ticket sale
  • Structural Engineering:  DMT Insenerid  [Daimar Taalfeld, Marek Siim]
  • Area: 10130 sqm
  • Design Year: 2008
  • Construction Year: 2011
  • Interior: Laika, Belka & Strelka OÜ [Tea Tammelaan, Krista Lepland, Malle Jürgenson]
  • Roof Engineering: AS Nordekom [Project Manager: Peeter Voovere]
    AHHA roof was recognised by IFD (International Federation for the Roofing Trade) with Best Metal Roof 2011 Award upon completion in Dublin, Ireland.


Kindergarten Lotte in Tartu, Estonia by kavakava Architects

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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
    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

Tartu Health Care College in Estonia, Tartu by Kavakava Architects

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Kavakava Architects

The building defining a friendly co-existence between small scale private housing and large healthcare institutions in the park. The new collage building is located in between two dormitories to maintain the buffer zone between private houses and large buildings.

Image Courtesy © Martin Siplane

  • Architects: Kavakava Architects
  • Project: Tartu Health Care College
  • Location: Estonia, Tartu, Nooruse 5
  • Photography: Martin Siplane, Jaan Sokk
  • Team: Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil KAVAKAVA, Johannes Feld, Andro Mänd, Sten Mark Mändmaa, Ragnar Põllukivi
  • Interior design: Tarmo Piirmets PINK
  • Site: 8433m2
  • Building (neto): 6480m2
  • Client: Tartu Health Care College


Tartu Rebase Street in Estonia by Atelier Thomas Pucher in collaboration with Bramberger Architects

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Article source: Atelier Thomas Pucher in collaboration with Bramberger architects

The original concept of the building was to combine the advantages of single residential homes with the economical aspects of `apartment living´. Over the last centuries the concept of single residential family houses changed enormously.  Different approaches and reinterpretations changed not only the way that people live but also the way they use their own spaces. Our proposal was to combine the advantages of privacy, outdoor gardens and the boundless views that a single residential home offers with the low economic and maintenance costs of an apartment.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jaan Sokk)

  • Architect: Atelier Thomas Pucher in collaboration with Bramberger[architects]
  • Name of Project: Tartu Rebase Street
  • Location: Tartu, Estonia
  • Design Company: Atelier Thomas Pucher and Bramberger [architects]
  • Design Team: Thomas Pucher, Alfred Bramberger, Birte Böer, Ana Norgard, Rupert Richter-Trummer, Hans Waldör, Georg Auinger, Erich Österbauer, Sabine-Katharina Egarter.
  • Photographer: Lukas Schaller, Jaan Sokk


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