Health club of Suure-Jaani, Estonia. Used materials: Terca Nordic Line Stockholm clinker bricks in FAT65 format from Aseri plant. Photographer: Kristian Lust.
© Kristian Lust / Wienerberger AS

Small town sees the big picture

architectum issue roof and façade

Health club of Suure-Jaani, Estonia. Used materials: Terca Nordic Line Stockholm clinker bricks in FAT65 format from Aseri plant. Photographer: Terje Ugandi.
© Terje Ugandi / Wienerberger AS

A health & wellness centre

in Estonia

Health club of Suure-Jaani, Estonia. Used materials: Terca Nordic Line Stockholm clinker bricks in FAT65 format from Aseri plant. Photographer: Terje Ugandi.
© Terje Ugandi / Wienerberger AS

Products used

Terca Stockholm clinker bricks

Small town sees the big picture

Many small towns and communities in Estonia are affected by emigration. Suure-Jaani aims to counteract this trend towards depopulation. A new health & wellness centre was designed to give the town a modern and architecturally outstanding centre point.

A new health & wellness centre in Estonia

A courageous decision: The municipal council of Suure-Jaani invested in a new health & wellness centre in the middle of town to improve the quality of life in modern surroundings and to counteract the depopulation of this small Estonian town. 
 
The building features a red clinker brick façade with a varied and fascinating arrangement of windows that also employs blind windows – window frames filled in with brick. It accommodates a swimming pool, several saunas, a café, a family health centre, a dental practice, a pharmacy, a hairdresser’s salon, a walk-in clinic and a police station.

Small brick buildings form a larger entity

The Suure-Jaani health & wellness centre uses clear architectural concepts and is distinguished by a sophisticated design, excellent planning, functionality and choice of materials. Terca Stockholm clinker bricks were used to create a large, cohesive building that is visually divided into multiple smaller individual red-brick houses. In this way, it blends into the typical urban scenery of this small town. 
 
The separate buildings are joined by glass-clad communal areas that consolidate them into a single contemporary and fascinating unit. The gable roofs of the houses also harmonise with the design language of Suure-Jaani and the modular solar elements used in the roof design impart the impression of technological innovation. The pattern of red brick cladding in the interior is broken up by occasional large gaps between the bricks, by the way also resolving the acoustic problems that are common in large open-plan spaces.

Visible results of professional collaboration

The continuation of the brick wall from the outside to the inside and the glass façade elements recessed into the wall structure are just some of the small, ingenious and thoughtful details that underpin the overall architectural design. The perception of space and communication of the architectural concept is accentuated by the differing interior space solutions and the faintly mystical impression of the central pool area.
All the elements seem to have been perfectly harmonised in this construction project: starting with carefully conceived, professional preparatory work regarding the site and architecture followed by close coordination between the architects and interior designers, and the creation of a functional and elegant structure – and all this within the space of four years.
 
An earlier version of this article was previously published in MAJA (no. 99, Winter 2020) by Toomas Tammis, architect and professor of architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Health club of Suure-Jaani, Estonia. Used materials: Terca Nordic Line Stockholm clinker bricks in FAT65 format from Aseri plant. Photographer: Terje Ugandi.
© Terje Ugandi / Wienerberger AS

Facts & Figures

Project name: Suure-Jaani Health Centre, Suure-Jaani, Estonia

 

Architecture   Arhitekt Must OÜ

Interior design  Kuup Disain OÜ

Owners  Municipality of Põhja-Sakala, Suure-Jaani Health Centre

Year of completion   2019

Category  Roof and façade

Product used  Terca Stockholm clinker bricks

Health club of Suure-Jaani, Estonia. Used materials: Terca Nordic Line Stockholm clinker bricks in FAT65 format from Aseri plant. Photographer: Kristian Lust.
© Kristian Lust / Wienerberger AS

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