Foorum Commercial and Residential Complex

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Architect

HG ARHITEKTUUR

Project team

Liis Voksepp, Simone Leuenberger, Yoko Azukawa, Hanno Grossschmidt, Tomomi Hayashi

Location

Narva maantee 5, 10151 Tallinn

Size

29,937 m²

Status

Completed, 2007

Client

Foorum Kinnisvara AS

Photos

Kaido Haagen, Raido Vint

Typology

Commercial, Interior Design, Landscape and Urban Planning, Residential

Tags

Public, Residential, Square, Urban, Tallinn city centre, Interior, Landscape & urbanism, Commercial, Awarded, Public space, Urban planning, Office building, Retail premises, Shopping center, Apartment building, Apartment, Office, Tallinn

Foorum building is a very curious building. It houses three different functions – the two first floors are for shops and other commercial enterprises, the floors 3-8 are for apartments and the part behind the part facing the street there are 6 floors of offices. The entire complex has a decidedly urbane feel, with the main facade stepping back generously to create a lively triangular plaza in front and thus compensate for the filling in of the formerly adjacent Viru Square. As it is situated on the trajectory between the harbor and the commercial center city three pathways through the building where planned, one of them is the shopping gallery.

The quite a large volume of the building has been divided into four separate parts organized with the aid of longitudinal passages and quiet inner courtyards. Due to such a spatial layout, the massive building feels unexpectedly light; an impression that grows even stronger due to the inclined, stepped facades and glazed, undulating balconies towering above the street.

Detailing, materials and a whimsical interior design by Kohvi add to its high-end character. Lots of thought has gone into designing the interior. The shopping arcade that runs through the building is finished with golden ad darkish brown to give it a more elegant look.

To keep the street noise getting to the apartments all the balconies are glazed. The apartments vary from small one room apartments to 120 square meter ones. The abundance of functions guarantees 24h use for the building.