E.L.L. Kinnisvara launched the architectural competition for the Juhkentali Quarter

E.L.L. Kinnisvara launched an international invitation-only architectural competition, with the goal of finding the best architectural solution for the Juhkentali business quarter, which also includes Estonia’s tallest office building. Eight architectural companies have been invited to participate in the competition and the winning design will be selected by January 2018, at the latest. E.L.L. Kinnisvara’s investment in the development of the quarter is estimated to be around EUR 100 million, with construction planned to begin in 2019, and completion of the first stage scheduled for 2021.

‘Our goal is to build the most modern and advanced multifunctional quarter in the heart of Tallinn. Due to its location in an important and highly visible location in terms of the urban development of the city, and taking into consideration the dominant development volume in the adopted detail plan, and the fact that Estonia’s tallest office building will be erected in this quarter, we have announced an international invitation-only architectural competition for the development of the final architectural solution,’ said Indrek Moorats, Member of Management Board and Development Director  at E.L.L. Kinnisvara.

‘The main criteria used to select the eight architectural companies invited to participate in the competition were their current outstanding references, ability to prepare large-scale and integral design work for the quarter and their architectural modelling skills,’ added Indrek Moorats. Participating in the competition are Norwegian architectural firm SpaceGroup Company, in cooperation with the Estonian company Novarc Group; Fletcher Priest Architects, from Great Britain, in cooperation with the Estonian company Arhitekt 11; as well as Martin Aunin, JVR Architects, Alver Architects, KTA Architects, KOKO Architects, and Meelis Press Architects, from Estonia.

The terms and conditions of the architectural competition have been approved by the Estonian Association of Architects, the Tallinn City Planning Department, and the Tallinn Transport Department. The competition jury is comprised of seven members, including representatives from the developer and the city, and authorised architectural experts. The jury’s work is supported by an energy efficiency expert, a constructor, a traffic expert, and a construction cost assessor.

E.L.L. Kinnisvara’s investment in the development of the quarter is estimated to be around EUR 100 million. Construction is planned to begin in 2019, and completion of the first stage is scheduled for 2021.

The multifunctional Juhkentali Quarter, located at the intersection of Liivalaia and Juhkentali streets, opposite the Hotel Olümpia, is comprised of three buildings: a 30-storey and a 16-storey office building, a 9-storey residential building, and the multi-storey car park connecting the buildings. The tallest building has a planned height of 111 metres, which would make it Estonia’s tallest office building and the fourth tallest building in Estonia, behind St Olaf’s Church and the Tornimäe twin towers. The quarter covers a gross area of more than 90,000 m², with more than 40,000 m² of premiere office space, 6000 m² of apartments, retail space, various catering establishments, a sports club, and a multi-storey car park.

‘We are developing the quarter as a whole, one that fits within the existing city space. In addition to the new buildings we are creating two new access roads, and in cooperation with the local urban region association, we are planning a public park along the banks of the Härjapea River and a square style green space next to the Church of Our Lady of Kazan’, said Rait Riim, Project Manager for development of the Juhkentali business quarter. ‘In our developments we follow a long-term strategy, which encompasses environmental conservation, energy efficiency and high-quality interior and exterior environments. The buildings being developed are near zero-energy buildings, office space meets Class-A standards, and in the case of environmental sustainability we follow the international BREEAM standard,’ added Rait Riim.