Overview and Services

Olga Orlova. 4D Fractal Roof System for Pirita Convent. 3DL – Problematics of Contemporary Architecture. Tutor: Martin Melioranski

Olga Orlova. 4D Fractal Roof System for Pirita Convent

The Estonian Academy of Arts Faculty of Architecture’s 3D Lab (3DL) was created to test experimental architectural solutions and details and to apply contemporary technical solutions in academics and research projects.

The activities of 3DL can be divided into the following interconnected basic areas:

● Linking parametric architecture and design with physical prototyping.

● 3D mapping and modelling large-scale objects.

● Linking architectural and construction parameters with databases.

● Analysis of cities and regions in connection with spatial processes and the environment.

● Mass adaptation of buildings in connection with analysis of their functioning and efficacy


3D Lab offers the following services:

  • Research projects related to architecture, city planning and technologies
  • Advanced 3D modelling, digital and physical prototyping
  • Organising workshops and lectures on technologies in architecture
  • 3D printing and laser cutting
  • Photogrammetry and 3D scanning 


Expert Software for CAD, BIM and Generative Modelling:

McNeel Rhinoceros Grasshopper Lab Licenses for Windows & Mac(floating licences)

Bentley Academic Network – Microstation, AECOsim Designer (floating licences)

Autodesk Education Master Suite – Revit, Dynamo, AutoCAD (floating licences)

Esri CityEngine (floating licences)

SideFX Houdini (floating licence)

Expert Software for GIS Analysis & Simulation:

Esri ArcGIS for Desktop (floating licences)

Bentley Map, Descartes (floating licences)

MapInfo Professional


UCL Depthmap


Expert Software for Structural and Environmental Analysis:

Autodesk – Ecotect (floating licence)

Bentley – RAM, STAAD, AECOsim Energy Simulator, TAS(floating licences)


Digital Fabrication & Prototyping:

Laser Cutter 100W with work area 600x900mm (accessible after intro workshop)

Stratasys Dimension SST 768 ABS plastic 3D printer + WaterStation

FormLabs Form 1 translucent resin SLS 3D printer

Ultimaker 3+ Extended FDM 3D printer (accessible after intro workshop)

Universal Robots UR10 6-Axis Cobot (Collaborative Robot)

2D/3D/4D Digitation and Measurement:

Microscribe G2L 3D digitizer (accessible after intro workshop)

Leica Disto S910 3D Laser Distance Measusrer

Leica Disto laser distance meters (accessible after intro workshop)

Flir E5 Thermal Camera (accessible after intro workshop)

Epson A3 scannner

HP A4 scanners

Xerox A3 colour MFP (with account)

Computation, Simulation and Storage:

Dell Alienware Area 51 VR Center

Oculus Rift VR Headset System

HTC Vive VR Headset System

Sun Fire Enterprice x4150 8-way server (Xeon)

Sun Ultra 40M2 3D workstations (Opteron)

HP Mobile workstation

Lenovo Compact Computers

Apple Mac mini

Raspberry Pi, Arduino etc

Synology DiskStation NAS


Martin Melioranski is an architect whose design praxis ranges from loudspeakers to furniture and from housing blocks to high-rises and multifunctional centres. He has taught architecture, interior architecture and industrial design students at Estonian Academy of Arts and Columbia University in the US since 1999. From 2005 he has been the director of 3DL that he co­founded at the Estonian Academy of Arts. His writings on architecture, urbanity and technology have been published in books, magazines and cultural weeklies.

Head of 3D Lab; Master’s Thesis Supervisor; Teaching staff, Contemporary Architecture Texts, 3DL Studium: Form Study
+372 6420071