• Co-authors/team: Katerina Veerde, Katrin Kapanen, Tanel Trepp, Aleksei Petrov, Alice Laanemägi, Meelis Vanker, Priit Hamer
  • Location: Tallinn, Estonia
  • Size: 21 000m2
  • Status: completed 2014
  • Client: Tallinna Noorsooamet
  • Photos: Kaido Haagen

Tondiraba Ice Arena is the first phase of a large sports complex in Lasnamäe, a prefab residential district in Tallinn which was mainly built during the Soviet occupation in 1970-1980s. Lasnamäe’s infrastructure as well as public facilities which initially remained largely un-built, have been actively developed by the municipality during the last decade.

Tondiraba Ice Arena comprises two ice-rinks and a multi-purpose main arena which can be also used for basketball, volleyball and other disciplines. Exterior walls were built of custom-made reinforced concrete panels into which window openings of various sizes were cast. The openings create a lively pattern on facades and provide interior spaces with natural light.

A remarkable structural solution was used for the main arena – huge wooden girders with the span of 62 meters cover the central stage of events. With the Tondiraba Ice Arena Kadarik Tüür Architects demonstrate how playful but pragmatic contemporary architecture can be successfully used for enlivening the existing urban situation.