The new building of Tallinn Vindi Kindergarten got a cornerstone


On February 15, the cornerstone was laid in the new building of Tallinn Vindi Kindergarten (Vindi tn 3) in the Kristiine district, which is planned to open this year. Designed by our amazing team.

The 12-group building of Vindi Kindergarten will be built on the site of a largely demolished house. The building with two above-ground and one underground floors is articulated to suit the surrounding environment and landscape. The group rooms are designed in a double part of the building and the administrative block with halls, kitchen and auxiliary rooms in a single part. In front of the double part of the house there are terraces, which also make it convenient to study outdoors. Play areas can also be placed under the roof slice of the disposable part of the house. The main entrance to the building opens from the paved square in front of the house, from where you can access all the premises, including those intended for community use.

Vindi kindergarten is built by Nordlin Ehitus and owner supervision is carried out by AS Infragate Eesti, designed by Esplan OÜ. The deadline for completion of construction works is September 2022, the kindergarten is expected to be opened in October.

Ülemiste City high-rise


Ülemiste City high-rise – ESPLAN in cooperation with Zaha Hadid Architects and Mainor Ülemiste is planning one of the most important landmarks of Tallinn at the Rail Baltic Ülemiste Joint Terminal. The aim is to strengthen the relationship between the railway and the airport, which will define the new Ülemiste multimodal transport hub, would complement and serve a significant extent the entire Ülemiste City with its functions.

As in other emerging European capitals, the development of transport hubs has become increasingly important, creating mixed-use functional neighborhoods where modern transport system with surrounding support functions is attractive to foreign tourists, citizens and adds significant value to local community development.

RMK Tartu office building was nominated to the “Construction Project of the Year 2020” competition


An architecturally attractive and functional building is the result of good cooperation between architects and engineers. The load-bearing structures of the building have been solved with CLT panels, Mr. Laur Lõvi has been the leading structural engineer and the architects were our good partners Kauss Arhitektid.

For ESPLAN, this has been a great cooperation with RMK (State Forest Centre). By excellent project management we were able to realize all the goals of the client. The whole construction process went smoothly and in the end the building was commissioned before the deadline.

This building is definitely a bold statement in the landscape of wooden architecture, where workplace environment serves for employee satisfaction and smart technical system solutions support sustainablity.

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