The building, constructed in 1952, has had two extensions so far, in 1962 and 2005. The school's older parts were finally renovated in 2006. In 2013, to relieve the lack of space, four module classrooms were opened.
Kõrveküla Basic School is the second largest school in Tartu municipality. In the 2017/2018 academic year there are 377 students enrolled in the school's 20 classes.
The building complex will include Kõrveküla basic and elementary school, music school, library and sports hall.
The winning work's architectural goals are:
- - Structured volume on a human scale
- - An integrated complex
- - The smallest possible impact of the extension’s construction on the working school and the possibility to construct it in stages
- - Playful and spacious shared space which reduces density-induced stress
- - Entwined with the surrounding landscape, which creates a playful entrance and the possibility to study outdoors
- -Visual and physical contact between urban space and activities in the building
- -At the core of the architectural idea is creating a communicating space: a flowing indoor area where there is no isolation. The views from room to room create a uniform feeling of community.
The building is planned to be energy class A.