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A good place to live
architectum edition #33
Residential district Uus-Veerenni
Terca ceramic brick slips in Grafitti, Pellava, Tuohi, Punainen, Kaakao
A good place to live
Uus-Veerenni is an Estonian residential development where new buildings are being constructed in a unique, park-like district that offers residents more than just a roof over their heads.
A location surrounded by lush greenery in Estonia
Despite its location in Tallinn city centre, Uus-Veerenni is surrounded by lush greenery. Over the next few years, this area will see the construction of a residential development with around 1,400 apartments in a variety of price classes, a large number of communal open spaces, a kindergarten, and business premises. The apartment buildings depicted here form the first phase of the development project. Its contemporary architecture, which blends in seamlessly with its classic surroundings, is the work of father-son architect duo Johann-Aksel Tarbe and Tõnis Tarbe of Arhitekt Tarbe OÜ.
Green environment for all
At the heart of the project is a large park, which was designed by Kino Landscape Architects OÜ. The clear structuring of private and communal open spaces gives the residents the desired sense of homeliness while at the same time creating the opportunity for social gatherings in the courtyard of the development.
The park itself is divided into an active zone with a children’s playground and a recreational area with seating and rest areas. These two areas are connected by a central covered square with a communal outdoor kitchen. Rainwater is used to water the plants in the park. Cars are kept out of sight in an underground car park, but there are cycle parking spaces located throughout the development, so that every resident can park their bike near their home.
„The balanced variety of colours does justice to clay as a material. Clay has a natural colour palette – from shades of white to red tones to dark grey. All the colours are harmonious and easy to combine with each other, which can be seen to full effect on the façades,“
- Johann-Aksel Tarbe, Arhitekt Tarbe OÜ
A good reason for brick
The aim was to create residential buildings constructed from high-quality, durable building materials to provide lasting value for several generations of residents. “We chose factory-produced materials for the structure itself, to shorten the construction time and ensure the quality of the final product. That’s why we opted for concrete elements with an additional outer layer of ceramic brick slips,” says architect Johann-Aksel Tarbe, describing the planning process.
The choice of colours was another reason why the architects opted for this material: “The balanced variety of colours does justice to clay as a material. Clay has a natural colour palette – from shades of white to red tones to dark grey. All the colours are harmonious and easy to combine with each other, which can be seen to full effect on the façades.” Plus, brick is a material with history. It gains a patina over time not only maintaining but increasing in attractiveness.
Facts & Figures
Project name: Uus-Veerenni, Tallinn, Estonia
Architecture Arhitekt Tarbe OÜ
Landscaping Kino Landscape Architects OÜ
Client AS Merko Ehitus Eesti
Year of completion Phase I 2019, Phase II 2020, Phase III 2022