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Alver Architects

Project team

Alver Architects, Tiit Trummal


Eesti Projekt, Tiit Masso & Pike IB


Tartu maantee 2, 10145 Tallinn


31,000 m2


Completed 2006


Norber Grupp OÜ, Estconde Invest OÜ


Alver Architects


Awarded, Commercial, Landscape and Urban Planning


Contemporary arhcitecture, New City Area, Square, Urban, Tallinn city centre, Landscape & urbanism, Commercial, Public space, Office building, Retail premises, Bank, Office, Tallinn

The complex is comprised of two separate office buildings for two different clients. However, as the buildings are situated right next to each other and were designed and constructed simultaneously, they are commonly perceived as a single ensemble. This complex with a total gross area of 31,000m2 includes a gym, multiple restaurants, parking and a covered public space for social events.

The entire complex is defined by two office slabs: one of them vertical, the other – horizontal. The horizontal one cantilevers over the central street of the Tallinn’s business district – Rävala Avenue, to make for the most unusual appearance at the otherwise conventional streetscape. The space under the cantilevered volume faces south and provides a perfect meeting place for people to engage in various urban activities.

The program for both buildings is very diverse, with all the connections tailored to specific site conditions. The vertical office slab is elevated from the ground to provide for panoramic views of Tallinn’s Old Town and the harbor district. The floors between the public ground floor and the elevated slab accommodate 4 floors of parking and a restaurant.

On the other side, the cubic dark volume underneath the horizontal office slab is shared by a flagship store, a fitness-club with a swimming pool, and the offices of the Estonian branch of the European Council – the building is therefore named the European Union House. The cantilevering part of the building is clad with double-skin façade which is covered with thematic typographic pattern.