Pühajärve Boiler Station

Location: Pühajärve, Valgamaa, Estonia

Year: 2013

Status: Completed: Estonian Timber Building of the  Year 2015

Size: 793 m²

Program: Boiler house

Project team: Alver Architects (Andres Alver, Tarmo Laht, Sven Koppel, Ulla Saar, Indrek Rünkla)


The heating facility for the Pühajärve Spa and Hotel complex attempts to hide itself underground not to spoil the views from the hotel windows. At the same time it exposes a field of solar panels atop the sunken and ground-covered utility. The construction is made of timber and steel, the heat plant also utilizes fuelwood in addition to the solar energy.

The boiler station was awarded the title of Estonian Timber Building of the Year in 2015.