Aia Apartment Building With Shops

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Architects

Villem Tomiste
Architectural Design Office KOSMOS
Mihkel Tüür
Ott Kadarik

Location

Aia 4/Vana-Viru 13, Tallinn, Estonia

Size

450m2

Status

Completed 2009

Client

OÜ MANUTENT

Photos

Ott Kadarik, Raido Vint

Typology

Commercial Projects, Residential

Tags

Residential, Contemporary arhcitecture, New City Area, Apartment, Tallinn

Aia St is part of Tallinn bastional belt and has also been a location of 19th-century wooden workshops, which by today are barely detectable within the urban fabric. It is in this transitional area on the verge of the Old Town that architects designed one of the most controversial buildings in central Tallinn. On its western face, the area of the building is concealed behind a historical facade; on the southern side, the building’s highly articulated, boldly angular forms open towards the courtyard and the street. Black slate clad- ding and light wooden decks add to the overall drama. The main idea of the project was to find a shape for the contemporary comprehension of luxury, combining the city’s most desirable downtown location with individualistic suburban qualities such as an abundance of space, privacy, outdoor living and terraces. Each of the apartments has a different, often unconventional floor plan.