Asia’s leading technology, innovation and enterprise festival 7-11 December 2020 in Singapore


The Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH) is the one-stop platform where innovation meets enterprise, with access to global startups, investors, corporates, innovation community and ecosystem players.

2019 SFF x SWITCH saw a record 60,000+ participants from 140 countries, 1,000 exhibitors and 569 global luminary speakers.
For its fifth edition, SWITCH 2020 focused on sectors like healthcare and biomedical sciences, smart cities and urban solutions, and trade and connectivity. Highlights include the tech-matching platform TechInnovation, Asia’s top startup pitching competition SLINGSHOT and a unique community zone – featuring Founders, women in technology and activities that bring together the global innovation community.
SWITCH is organised by Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI), supported by National Research Foundation (NRF), and in partnership with SingEx.

Preliminary design of Rail Baltic Ülemiste joint terminal completed


Zaha Hadid Architects and Esplan, the contractors of the work ‘Light Stream’, which was announced the winner of the Rail Baltic Ülemiste joint terminal architectural competition a year ago, have received the preliminary design of the terminal building.
Construction will begin next year.

The preliminary design of Rail Baltic Ülemiste joint terminal has been undergoing very thorough work since the beginning of the year, during which we have reached a solution today that takes into account the wishes, opportunities and future plans of the various parties in the region.

Kadi Metsmaa (ESPLAN): “When designing the terminal, priority is given to the people and the high-quality space created for them, both in the building and in the surrounding area. Accessibility is the keyword that characterizes the whole project. The Ülemiste joint terminal project combines different transport solutions in a unique way and is primarily guided by the priority given to pedestrians and light traffic users. Public transport, which is environmentally friendly in nature, can also be supported by an energy-efficient and resource-efficient terminal building.

Gianluca Racana (Zaha Hadid Architects): “We are very pleased with the progress of this project of strategic importance to Estonia, which will become an innovative, forward-looking transport centre offering the best possible passenger experience .The new terminal and the public space designed around it will also breathe new life into the all surrounding district. ”

The Rail Baltic joint terminal will serve both train lines starting from Ülemiste station and passing through the station, as well as bus traffic.
The preliminary project has also found a solution for the immediate vicinity of the terminal building and the public space, as a result of which there will be an underground square between Peterburi Str. and Suur-Sõjamäe Str. in the future, offering a new connection for pedestrians and light traffic.

Rail Baltic is an environmentally friendly and convenient railway connection that connects Estonia with its southern neighbors and Central Europe. The infrastructure to be built will allow passengers to reach Pärnu from Tallinn in 40 minutes and Riga in 2 hours.

Agile in Esplan: Adapting SCRUM for faster project delivery


We in ESPLAN believe in Agile mindset and continue to implement SCRUM Framework within architectural and engineering project management
By empowering our technological arsenal with BIMcollab coordination software, Atlassian Jira Sprint boards and Power BI visualization tool we are solving well-known project management problems – late Client integration problem, poor design team communication problem and unstructured coordination plan problem.
Correct and critical integration of technological tools inside SCRUM framework helps us to find more and more similarities between IT and AEC industries during this digital transformation era.
There are still more to learn and experiment, but already now we can minimize unneeded redesign coming from old-style mindset

ESPLAN helps to do our part stabilize the economy in crisis

2020.03.15 / Kadi Metsmaa, CEO

Architecture and engineering can be done also during the crisis. We have developed processes that can work without the interruption also during isolation. ESPLAN continues our work and completes its projects. All the restrictions and guidelines given by the government are strictly followed, we are able to work remotely and also in our office where the ventilation is same as in ICU.

We are able to complete a project from the beginning til the end, all the engineers are working in the company, so we are able to control the deadlines and take responsibility. Being strong we will be there also after the crisis, supporting you during the construction phase and after that.

We all need to look to the future and all the future investments that would support world economy start with architecture and engineering. By keeping on the planning work and consultancy, you are able to start construction tenders as soon as the market stabilises.

Choosing your consultant is utmost important to guarantee deadlines and quality. Together we are able to pass the insecure and unstable situation faster.

All our meetings have moved to virtual environments, none of them is cancelled and we are able to engage all the parties, wherever they are. Our efforts are directed to help to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to design environments that are secure for the future end users.

Light Stream Ülemiste terminal – WINNER


It is an honour to be the winner of the Rail Baltic Architecture Competition for Ülemiste Terminal!

Esplan is extremely pleased to work with such renowned architectural firm as Zaha Hadid Architects.

Zaha Hadid Architects have created major transportation hubs around the world. From small stations in the mountain ranges to the international airports.

Ülemiste area is in the rapid development. The cross-border infrastructure project Rail Baltic will bring about a major change. Ülemiste City area is becoming one of the most attractive and synergic parts in whole Tallinn in terms of infrastructure.

Soon to be built Rail Baltic and Tallinn Airport will be closely linked. The pedestrian urban park will be connecting the two comfortable.

Zaha Hadid Architectural Terminal Concept

The goal of Light Stream is to create a dynamic and vibrant transport hub. Interesting physical architectural connection between pedestrians and public transport create a strong design identity. The aim of the project is to design the terminal as a new emblem for the city of Tallinn. It is especially important as the Ülemiste station will be the first station at the beginning of Rail Baltic.

Ülemiste transport hub will start connecting trains, busses and trams, serving regional, national and international travellers. We believe that the terminal will become a lively heart of the city, connecting the Airport, downtown, Ülemiste City, surrounding shopping centres and public space.

There will be a lot of natural daylight during the day and exciting light solutions in the evening, which will become an important point of reference for travellers. The proposed multi-layered architectural language helps to make the flow of people smooth.

Traveling through Ülemiste terminal will be a special experience for every passenger.

See the project here