Reshaping childhood education

This kindergarten and community centre, by RMJM Milano, rises from the ground like a human-made drumlin, a local Estonia land form

Designed by RMJM Milano

From the architect: 

The project is inspired by the naturally formed landmass called ‘drumlin’ and its widespread presence in Estonia. 

(drumlin: an elongated hill in the shape of an inverted spoon or half-buried egg)

The site is located in Tammiste, a village in Tori Parish, Pärnu County in south-western Estonia and it was used to build a drumlin, which was subsequently covered in flora to fit in with the surrounding scenery. 

The green roof reduces ambient temperatures, regulates indoor temperature levels and purifies the air. 

Spaces are carved out for functionality and to emulate nature by following harmonious flowing forms.

The new design proposes an engaged and adaptable space for Tammiste with a multitude of function including a primary school, library, sports hall and a stadium for over 2000 guests. 

The design responds to numerous scenarios and provides much more than just the required infrastructure.

“In a world full of chaos & noises, we wanted to design in silence a place for people” – Luca Aldrighi | director

The project is easily accessible with two entrances on-site, 90 parking spaces, and 30 bicycle stands. 

In addition to the walkway canopy and the buildings, the roof will host 1000kw of solar panels, which will result in a net-zero building with a lower carbon footprint. 

The PV panels will provide shading, and the performance of the solar modules will increase by 0.4% during the winter months.

“Our design challenges the set notions about the kindergarten typology” – Abhinav Goel | associate

The design incorporates the use of local materials and the recycling construction waste generated from demolition, which are integral to the design. Reinforced concrete and steel are used as structural elements without the need for expensive outsourced equipment.

Credit list

Project team
Luca Aldrighi, Abhinav Goel, Zoya Hooda, Yara Noon

Designed by: RMJM Milano

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Yuliia Halanshyna (Visualisations)

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