Ferrum department store is located in the very center of Kuressaare, the capital and only city of Saaremaa, the biggest island off the west coasts of Estonia. The building is situated on Kuressaare’s main street, fitting a void between some oldest buildings of Kuressaare and a couple of newer ones from the middle of XX century.
The morphology of the building tries to take into account the texture of existing old city and the plot itself as well as the spirit and appearance of old gabled roof housing with their red brick tiles that form the core of old Kuressaare. The building’s volume and street facades correspond to the surrounding scale of streetscape, its height and rhythm. Two passages through the building – one opened, other internal – try to follow the existing pedestrian routes around the plot and help to “lift up from the grounds” the in-between area just behind the new building.