The sports complex is situated in a Soviet-era residential area – Lasnamäe – and is one of the first buildings that intended to revitalize the area. The competition was held in 2012, and KTA Architects won it.
Because of the volume of Tallinn Arena being considerably more prominent than the neighbouring buildings, it was essential to downscale it with a patterned facade. Inspiration for Tallinn Arena’s window rhythm comes from ice crystals. After the sun has set the glimmering lights of the Arena act as an image of various apartment block windows. The articulated and varied distribution of windows gives a feeling as if the building wasn’t a single volume, but as if it´s part of the surrounding urban space and fragmented sets of light spots.
The building accommodates three skating rinks and a curling hall. The main arena area is spanned by laminated timber trusses that bridge more than 60 metres. Timber trusses help to soften the effects of masculine concrete and black seats.
Interior design is in harmony with architectural simplicity and minimalism. Constructive, concrete surfaces are exposed. Cast-concrete contrasts with the wood that covers wall surfaces of public areas and acts as acoustic panels on the ceiling.