- Co-author: Lauri Laisaar
- Interior design of the apartments: Hillar Mänd (Sisearhitektuuribüroo Link)
- Location: Tatari Street 30, Tallinn, Estonia
- Size: 2350m2
- Status: completed 2009
- Construction: OÜ Messiehitus
- Client: Horch OÜ
- Photos: Kaido Haagen, Martin Siplane
Positioning a new resident in a historical settlement is a creative challenge for an architect. Should a pastiche be preferred or should contemporary architecture be created based on the environment? The Tatari district is a suburban idyll in the heart of the city. The tone is set by century-old wooden houses interspersed with modern apartment buildings. Through the years, many intellectuals and cultural figures have lived here.
This luxurious apartment building (the average apartment size is more than 90 m2) is in a dialogue with the one of the most iconic buildings of Estonian architectural history – Karl Burman’s Art Nouveau residence at Tatari 21b, which is located across the street. Respecting the architectural pearl, the new building steps back from the street line, thus creating a front yard that provides entry into the underground parking garage and access to the Soviet-era garages located in the backyard.