b210 is an architecture office with a think tank approach to everyday spatial challenges. We believe that positive change in the built environment is driven by a smart design process where architectural ideas are as important as methods of developing them. We like to design ways of thinking as much as physical spaces.
A strong and durable structure for young people to fill with action. The Anne Youth Centre project is situated in Tartu, the currently empty site is located by the river on the edge of Annelinn – the main residential blockhousing district in Tartu.The overall concept was to create an open and commodious space for youth: a large, calm and strong structure that allows youth to feel free and creative inside it.
This typology reminds of an industrial building, with large spans and the construction honestly presented – so that the size and texture of the space emphasises the openness of the youth center. Due to a small budget the structure was designed of prefabricated concrete elements which make the column grid system of 6×6 and 12×12 visible through the building. As the building’s logic is industrial it appears quite boxy (which works very well with the program). The indoor space is divided into two- a more loose area for youth to hang around on the stairs in the high hall, skate hall and a more programmed space with different hobby rooms. It allows for different levels of supervisory inside the building so that everyone can have their place.
To distinguish it on the flat riverside meadow and to define the presence of it we gave it a characteristic silhouette. Technical boxes on the roof and a climbing tower are exaggerated to make the building visible and recognizable from long a view that is very important on the empty site. To get the best of the beautiful and calm natural conditions of the site on the edge of a large living area the two sides of the building are mainly glass. This way the space is directed towards the meadow and river on the south side of the building. The outdoor space follows a grid to match the house and gives the surrounding space guides for organizing the parking, playgrounds, common gardening and a skate park. As the lot is large half of it will remain untouched to blend into the meadow and give a possibility for future enlargement of the outdoor program.
Architects: Komissarov Arhitektuur, b210, Projekt Kuubis
Design team: Kalle Komissarov, Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu, Koit Komissarov
Competition team: Kalle Komissarov, Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu, Mikk Meelak, Grete, Soosalu, Kaidi Õis
Year: competition 2010/project 2010-2012
25. septembrist 2013 24. septembrini 2014 aitas OÜ-l b210 põhivara ja rakendustarkvara soetada Ettevõtluse Arendamise Sihtasutuse alustava ettevõtja starditoetuse programm.