• Location: Vanemuise 2, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Size: 307m2
  • Status: completed 2009
  • Client: private
  • Photos: Reio Avaste

Nõmme is one of Tallinn’s most scenic housing districts. The first summer houses were built here at the beginning of XIX century and today it is a fully inhabited district with abundant greenery, tall pinetrees and large plots with two-storey houses.

The private house at the crossing of Vanemuise and Ugala street is the modern interpretation of the so called Nõmme housing type. Corner plotting and orientation in relation to the positioning of the sun gave this house a letter-L shaped ground plan. The side that faces Ugala street is more reserved, typical of traditional Nõmme houses. The closed facade turns and transforms into the glazed surface of the courtyard. The inner side of the building is more open, allowing it more sun.The main construciton material of the builiding, visible both inside and outside, is monolithic concrete: it forms the walls, floors and ceilings of the house. Corroded copper roofing extends onto the walls, and the openings are glazed with reflective glass.