2004: Wooden Building of the Year
The conceptual companion to the Tabasalu residence is located in the Mähe district of Tallinn. There are several similarities: the simple geometrical volumes, separation of the residence and garage, the structural use of wood as well as for the exterior and interior finishing, natural materials, and the general impression of warmth that is created by the orange wooden cladding. However, there are also significant differences. While the situation in Tabasalu was initially a tabula rasa, the Mähe house had to be planted on a very small lot in the suburb surrounded by densely-packed, standardised gable-roofed houses built in the 1950s. In any case, the newcomer was an invader in a developed environment, and the design of the modern house therefore had to be softened somewhat to make it fit in with its more traditionally designed neighbours.