The architectural design competition for Toom-Kuninga 15 was won by architects from the renowned architectural firm Kadarik, Tüür. Arhitektid.
They are a leading Estonian architectural firm that has worked on a number of attractive buildings adorning Estonian cityscapes.
“When designing the Toom-Kuninga 15 apartment building, the maintenance of the existing human-dimensional street space and distinctive building volumes were of key importance.
The high- and low-lying green zone between the street and the buildings creates a pleasant and park-like atmosphere upon entering the residential area. The cafés and commercial premises on the ground floor create an urban-style living environment and offer essential services.
Through the use of different materials, the sizeable building is divided into multiple contextually harmonious parts that appear as separate buildings. The lower parts of the building harmonise with the historic residential buildings across the street, while the higher levels sit back on the rear side of the property.
Concrete is used as the dominant exterior finishing material – its various finishing techniques create a visual diversity and add a subtle level of detail. Sections of rust-coloured concrete add an accent to the black and white concrete. Meanwhile, dark metal details give character to the facade.”
– Ott Kadarik. Kadarik, Tüür. Arhitektid
Toom-Kuninga 15 construction quality is ensured by Kiikri Ehitus
The team of Kiikri Ehitus consists of specialists with extensive experience in construction, who have successfully completed various projects of different architectural characters and volumes. The team also includes members of Metro Capital’s construction department, who, in recent years, have participated in the construction of the Meerhof residences, the Tivoli residential area, Meerhof 2.0, and Kiikri residences in Tallinn.
The Toom-Kuninga 15 buildings were designed with the aim of ensuring minimal energy consumption and excellent indoor climate homes. The buildings are rated class B for energy efficiency: the calculated annual energy consumption is 120 kilowatt hours per square metre. The buildings were designed using an energy performance simulation tool (IDA ICE) that enabled us to obtain accurate estimates of the indoor climate and heat transmittance of structural elements.
The Toom-Kuninga 15 homes are heated via economical district heating and each apartment has separate water-based underfloor heating. The boiler room is located in the basement. Wet rooms are fitted with electric heating cables. Commercial premises are heated by radiators. The water and heating meters are readable remotely and each apartment owner can monitor the consumption of their apartment using a smart device.
The buildings are equipped with a ~75 kW rooftop solar power system that prevents nearly 53 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere each year. The green energy produced by the solar power system is consumed by the residents at the same price as conventional energy purchased from the grid.
Fresh and clean air
A controlled supply of fresh air and the removal of excess moisture are ensured through apartment-based ventilation systems with heat recovery. Heat recovery helps protect the environment and filtered air exchange reduces the number of dust particles in the room. The installed ventilation systems ensure an even indoor climate and reduce the feeling of draughts. Kitchen extractor hoods have separate apartment-based exhaust ducts.
Optional apartment-based cooling system
Some of the apartments come equipped with a cooling system to ensure an appropriate indoor climate. Whether the cooling system is included depends on the position of the apartment relative to the sun and on the size of the window area. This is specified in the detailed information about the apartment in the price list.
In apartments where cooling equipment is not mandatory according to the calculation model, the cooling system can be ordered for an additional fee until the completion of the building frame. This option is only available for a limited time due to the long delivery time of the equipment, and because the presence of the cooling system demands that the suspended ceilings be shaped differently.
The installed cooling systems are supplied by top manufacturers – efficient and with very low sound pressure levels. All items of cooling equipment installed in living areas are concealed – embedded in the plaster ceilings as seen in higher-end hotels. The only visible part of the system is a grille on the cornice or the ceiling. After installation, we will carry out sound pressure level measurements for all technical systems. Contact our sales team for additional information.
The Toom-Kuninga 15 buildings are built maximally of concrete elements, while the underground floor is built with monolithic concrete. Modern insulation materials ensure excellent thermal insulation performance for the entire lifetime of the building. Thanks to carefully selected materials, the slim exterior walls and combined roofs are windproof and their thermal insulation will not degrade over time due to moisture or sagging.
The walls between the apartments as well as apartments and the stairwell at Toom-Kuninga 15 are made from concrete panels (200 mm), which ensures outstanding sound insulation that surpasses established standards. Where using concrete panels is not possible, we utilise a three-layered Aeroc wall solution (300 mm). Windows and doors are also soundproof.
With regard to sound insulation requirements, we always strive to exceed standards, which is why we have established a thorough process and supervision for construction. After construction, the quality of the sound insulation will be checked through independent measurements conducted by accredited sound insulation testers. With this project, we are building on our successful experience in the previous urban development projects Kiikri Residences and Meerhof 2.0.
The exterior walls of the building are principally formed from concrete. The walls behind the inset balconies were realised using lightweight structures and covered with facade siding. Even the balconies are designed with lightweight structures. Non-load-bearing interior walls are covered with double-layered plasterboard.
Lots of light
The Toom-Kuninga 15 apartments are fitted with numerous large windows to truly fill the homes with sunlight. The windows consist of triple glazing set in a wood and aluminium frame to ensure effective dampening of noise from the streets. Each window has at least one openable section to allow easier cleaning. The windows have an excellent thermal performance, and the glazing on the south side of the building also protects against solar radiation, preventing the rooms from becoming unbearably hot in the summer.
The exterior doors of the apartments are wooden fire doors with sound insulation of at least 38 dB. The outer sides of the exterior doors are laminated with wooden shielding. The interior doors of the apartments are wood panel doors finished according to the selected interior finishing packages. The automatic parking lot door is equipped with a licence plate recognition system and can also be opened by phone to allow entry to unregistered vehicles. The parking lot door opens faster than most similar doors.
Smart home solution
All 2-, 3-, and 4-room apartments are equipped with a smart home solution with a Loxone Miniserver that enables you to control the indoor climate. The heating, cooling, and ventilation of the rooms can be controlled from both a smart device and the controllers on the walls of the rooms. In addition, even without a separate security system, the smart home solution will notify you via your smart device whenever the door of your apartment is opened while you are away from home.
All apartments (including 1-room apartments) and commercial premises are equipped with electricity, heating, and water meters that are readable remotely via the smart home system and can be monitored via a smart device in real time.
Apartments with the smart home solution are equipped with a door phone connected to pre-configured mobile devices. Additionally, a magnetic sensor enables the smart home device to record all instances of the apartment door being opened.
In apartments without the smart home solution, we will install a switch beside the door of the apartment, which will allow you to open the exterior door of the building. The door opening system of the door phone can also be linked to the owner’s smart phone. The lobby and parking lot entrances of Toom-Kuninga 15 are secured with video surveillance.