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ESTONIAN ENVIRONMENT HOUSE

the largest wooden building in the Baltics

Based on the winning work of the Kavakava architects' architectural competition, the What If team led the entire team involved in the preparation of the construction project from the sketch to the work project.

Scope

The building consists of three above-ground volumes connected by an underground floor for parking, auxiliary and storage rooms. The useful net area in the building is approx. 25,000 m2, the volume of outdoor areas is approx. 10,000 m2. The planned number of employees in the building is 600+.

Character

The three above-ground building volumes are designed throughout in wooden structures. Each building experimentally tests different new construction types and spatial solutions of the modern working environment. The exposition area of the Estonian Museum of Natural History passes through all parts of the building on the lower level. The ground floor of the dock building is a local community accessible to the public with public access. The landscape architecture of the building connects Kalamaja Park and the seaside promenade.

Challenges

The biggest challenge was to get a building permit from the Rescue Board for such a large wooden building, for which there were no previous references. An additional task was to functionally, in terms of room quality and safety, various functions such as the public museum and the premises of the employees of the Ministry of the Environment. We were looking for innovative energy-efficient solutions that would amplify such a building complex. In outdoor areas, we planned a comprehensive landscape solution consisting of four mini-parks in an area open to great public attention and open to sea winds.

Team

Kavakava arhitektid

WHAT IF

PNL & IC Project Management

Estkonsult & Estkonsult keskkonnatehnika

Fireplan

PINK sisearhitektid

Kino maastikuarhitektid

EXTech Design

Kajaja Acoustics

eD insenerid & Teleprojekt

Eule

Firetek

AKU Collective

TalTech

Enara glass solutions

Metos, Medkoe, Külminaator, Datel, Laomaailm

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