The extension to Tartu Kesklinna School provides additional functions and opportunities to the historical building, doing this without overshadowing the old volume but rather as an intelligent accesory to it. The new volume avoids pretentiousness, interacting with the user as an equal partner, creating a diverse, friendly and light-hearted environment.. The building tries to activate the surroundings, both in terms of making active use of the courtyard with the outdoor auditorium as well as domesticating the previously underused park-like back yard. In a playful way, it is possible to move either over the building or beneath it, where the main entrance lies. Blueberry pattern is enlivening the ascetic facade shell. The building is an attempt at being child-friendly without being childish.
Tartu Kesklinna School Extension
Location:Tartu, Estonia (map)
Client:Tartu City Government
Invited competition:2005, 1st prize
Competition team:Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke
Design team:Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke, Kristiina Arusoo
Annual Architecture Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia 2008.
Best Building of the Year in Tartu: Best Extension/Reconstruction 2007.
Photos by Reio Avaste, Martin Siplane, Karli Luik