After five years of continuous development in its current location of Keevise 2 in Ülemiste, Tallinn European School will move to Tehnika 18 in a new school building, from September 2018. In this fully renovated building, our school will benefit from more spacious, new and high-quality facilities, with all the integrated services to provide the best education to its pupils. Tallinn European School will continue growing, and Tehnika 18 will continue its centennial history of educational purpose.
A spacious and modern school in an outstanding listed building
Tallinn European School has been continuously growing these last five years and it now needs a bigger building so that all the children can learn in the best conditions. With the entire renovation of the existing building and the construction of the new school premises, Tallinn European School provides a spacious and high-quality learning environment. The school will still integrate a canteen, a library and a gym, in addition to around 40 classrooms of all sizes. The children will also enjoy many common areas where they can meet, play or rest.
The building’s total area is approximately 7200 m2, distributed over 4 floors and three blocks: the historical part, block A, the new part, block B, and the gym, block C.
The centennial historic building is a protected Estonian architectural heritage. Its main points of interest are the neo-Gothic style elements, for example the composition of the rose window, pointed-arch windows and steep gables. The wooden ceiling interiors are largely intact and have been restored along with the windows and hinges.
Some key features of the new building in Tehnika 18 compared with the current one in Keevise 2:
- Keevise 2 > Tehnika 18
- Building area: 3370 m2 > 7200 m2
- Canteen: 66 m2 > 300 m2
- Assembly hall: 88 m2 > 265 m2 (+ Nursery assembly: 100 m2)
- Teachers room: 34 m2 > 95 m2
- Library (+ reading room): 66 m2 > 118 m2
- Art class: 35 m2 > 72 m2
- Storerooms: 25 + 24 m2 > 100 + 71 m2
- Gym: 388 m2 > 265 m2
Outdoor area: 577 m2 (+ Kalli Kalli playground: 900 m2) > 6000 m2 + 1000 m2 Nursery playground
A well-connected location in the heart of Tallinn
Tehnika 18 is located in the heart of Tallinn, a few steps away from the Old Town and the central railway station of Baltijaam. It benefits a green and residential environment, with attractive areas as Kelmiküla, Kassisaba, Pelgulinn and Kalamaja in the surrounding area, and three parks close by, Toompark, Lindamäe Park and Hirvepark. It is also neighbour with the creative district of Telliskivi and the Balti jaam market.
The school is especially well-connected by public transport. The bus stop Kelmiküla, situated in front of it, hosts 3 trolleybus lines (1, 4 and 5) and 6 bus lines (22, 40, 41, 41b, 43 and 59). In addition to these numerous options, many trains coming from all directions serve Balti jaam daily. Trains, trolleybuses and buses are free of charge for all Tallinn residents owning a registered Smartcard (green card).
Distances and timing:
- Toompark: 220 m, 3 minutes by foot
- Baltijaam train station: 750 m, 9 minutes by foot, 2 minutes by car
- Telliskivi: 750 m, 9 minutes by foot, 2 minutes by car
- Raekoja plats (heart of the Old Town): 1,3 km, 15 minutes by foot
- Salme kultuurikeskus: 1,6 km, 19 minutes by foot, 5 minutes by car
- Seaplane Harbour Lennusadam/future eu-LISA HQ: 2,3 km, 30 minutes by foot, 3,5 km, 8 minutes by car
A building with a centennial history of education
The building has a rich history. It is mainly known by Estonians as the Railway School of Tallinn, which has occupied the building until August 2016, but it was also home for several other schools and institutions.
The first constructions date from 1880, when the Tallinn Railway Technical school was established. The main body of the school was constructed in 1895, as a wooden building that no longer exists.
Between 1926 and 1937, the building was occupied by Prantsuse Lütseum, the Tallinn French School, before the Tallinn Railway Vocational School was back in 1939.
The school building caught fire in 1969. Following its reconstruction in 1978, new 4-story study halls were created and connected directly to the historic school building.
As the heritage of this rich history of railway technical education, the school has kept its own symbol which is still present today, namely the 1949 Škoda factory made, narrow-gauge steam traction called Kc4-100. Prior to being permanently placed in the schoolyard in 1974, it served its time in Türi and Virtsu after arriving in Estonia through Latvia in 1963.