A brand new 12-storey office building has opened at Lõõtsa 1a in Ülemiste City. Both the building and the square next to it are named after renowned Estonian chemist Viktor Palm. The total cost of construction of the modern office building, its parking station and the square was 25 million euros.
Photos by Erlend Štaub
As part of the grand opening, well-known tightrope-walker Jaan Roose crossed a 107-metre slackline at a height of 13 storeys before descending with the ceremonial ribbon.
“Ülemiste City’s a perfect example of an urban environment that’s been developed to meet the needs of companies while still being green and people-friendly,” remarked Tallinn mayor Mihhail Kõlvart. “With every new energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building that’s added to it, we take one step closer to a carbon-neutral economy and to Tallinn gaining the title of Europe’s Green Capital.”
Gert Jostov, the chairman of the management board of Technopolis Ülemiste AS, says that the Palm building, parking station and square represent the company’s biggest project in recent years. “We’ve put a lot into them,” he said. “They also represent the first step in our next big stage of development. The building’s just been certified LEED Platinum as well, which means it’s as environmentally friendly as it can possibly be and that its management is really efficient.”
Designed by Koko architects and built by Oma Ehitaja AS, the new building has added 10,800 m2 of modern working space to Ülemiste City. Outside the building, Viktor Square comes with public seating and will be adorned in the new year with a fountain. The space will host a wide range of events.
Technopolis Ülemiste currently manages ca 93,000 m2 of business space, making it the market leader in Tallinn. The continued growth of Ülemiste City provides hope that in time it will become a suburb of Tallinn in its own right.
The office building is linked by a gallery to the adjacent parking station, which boasts spaces for more than 520 cars as well as secure parking for bicycles.