Viru roundabout is considered to be the central point in Tallinn. This is the point from which distances to other Estonian cities and locations abroad are measured. The roundabout is situated between Tallinn’s medieval Old Town, the historic Rotermann industrial quarter and the modern city centre, and thousands of cars and pedestrians move through it every day. Viru roundabout is the focal point in the centre of Tallinn and it is difficult to imagine a more intriguing location for an office building.
Beside the roundabout, the office building called Metro Plaza, which was designed by KOKO and completed in 2009, replaced the historic Rotermann department store. The classicist facade, which dates back to the mid-19th century, was under heritage protection, and therefore, had to be preserved and integrated within the new construction as well as possible. After intense debates between various stakeholders, a decision was made to use a design where the historic facade and new office building are clearly separate.