Kapitel organising competition for interior architecture design for Liivalaia Quarter


Kapitel has launched an invited competition to find the best interior architecture solution for a business and residential quarter to be built along Liivalaia Street in Tallinn, which will include Estonia’s highest office building. Six interior architecture firms have received invitations to enter the competition, and the winner will be announced in October. 

“Our goal is to establish Tallinn’s most modern and prestigious multifunctional quarter in the sense of both exterior and interior. The invited exterior architecture competition organised last year was won by architect Martin Aunin’s entry “Lightpark“, which is a sensitive approach to the surrounding buildings and cultural heritage and creates a thoroughly conceived, human-centred and quality public space. We consider it correct appropriate to also develop the interior architecture solution at an invited architecture competition to ensure a well-conceived, modern and healthful environment for thousands of people who will start going about their daily lives and business here and visiting the local companies and service providers,“ said Kapitel’s development director and board member Indrek Moorats.

The following interior architecture firms have been invited to enter the competition: Arhitekt 11, JANKEN, Pink, Pille Lausmäe Sisearhitektuuri Büroo in collaboration with VL Sisearhitektuur, KOKO arhitektid and M.Pressi Arhitektuuribüroo. The main criteria for the selection of the interior architecture offices invited to participate were their reference and the capability to design a large-scale and integral quarter.

“To our knowledge such a large interior architecture competition has not been held in Estonia before. In the context of the competition, we are looking for participants to lay out a vision of how they see the quarter’s future lobby, elevator halls, food service and rest areas, meeting rooms, parking garage and standard interior architecture solutions for the apartments and offices,” said Kapitel project manager Rait Riim.

“We are developing the quarter as a full-scale project and such that it fits in with the existing urban space – in addition to new buildings, we are going to build two new access routes and in cooperation with the local neighbourhood association, we will build a public park in the historical Härjapea river’s bed and another plaza-style greenspace next to the Kazan church, said Rait iim. “Our developments follow a long-term strategy that encompasses environmental conservation, energy performance and a high-quality interior and exterior environment. The developments are low-energy buildings, office spaces are class A standard, and we comply with the international BREEAM standard as far as environmental conservation is concerned,” he added.

Kapitel’s investment into the development is an estimated 100 million euros. Currently, the design is under way, and construction is planned to start in 2019 with the first phase planned to be ready in 2022.

The multifunctional quarter going up in the city centre of Tallinn at the intersection of Liivalaia and Juhkentali will consist of three buildings: a 28-storey and 15-storey office building, a nine-storey residential building and a parking garage connecting them. The highest building height is planned to be 111 metres, which will make it Estonia’s highest office building and the fourth-tallest building after St. Olaf’s Church, the twin Tornimäe towers. The gross space of the quarter is close to 80,000 m² and the space available for lease is 39,000 m², which includes 32,000 m² of prestigious office space, 3,000 m² of apartments and 4,000 m² of retail space, various cafes and restaurants and a sports club.