The hotel is located in Tartu’s Old Town, behind Town Hall Square, along the edge of Pirogov Square and the slope of Toomemägi Hill. VAHVEL, the winning entry in the architectural competition, served as the basis for the preparation of the plan. The hotel was designed taking into consideration its intimate historical context and fairly well-established location at the perimeter of the quarter. The new building fills in an historic gap, adding a missing piece to the block of buildings located along the edge of Pirogov Square. In accordance with the restrictions set forth in the detailed plan, the planned volume of the new building is as compact as possible. When viewed from Ülikooli Street the building appears compact, with a courtyard and five storeys above ground and one below.
Located on the ground floor are the public rooms which comprise the entrance area to the hotel, the garage, and the connected technical premises. A restaurant and block of conference rooms are located on the first floor. A spacious stairway leads from the first floor of the building to the second floor, creating a seamless connection between the two levels of the public area. Hotel rooms are located on the second, third and fourth floors. A spa suite, area for procedures, and utility rooms are planned for the basement.
In accordance with the special conditions of heritage conservation prepared for the historic building, the construction studies assessing the condition of load bearing structures and additional agreements concluded with the Tartu City Government’s Department of Culture, the building’s existing front façade will be preserved and restored to its original form, along with the exterior door, as will the stairwell together with wooden stairs and handrail. Interior details subject to preservation have been designated for restoration and will be displayed in a location chosen by the designer.
The result achieved with restoration works must offer authentic visual, historic and cultural information, as well as providing the owners with the opportunity to rationally manage the building.
Architectural solution: Allianss Arhitektid OÜ, Chief Architect Tarmo Teedumäe
More complicated technical engineering works – installation of supports for the excavation, reinforcement of the foundation and the laying of a new base slab for the building – were performed during the first phase of construction works. During the second phase, construction of the hotel will be completed.
Builder: Ehitustrust AS
Aluminium windows and facade were manufactured for the building by SeiCom OÜ in 2016.
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