Hotel L’Ermitage

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Architects

Indrek Allmann
Architectural Design Office PLUSS

Location

Toompuiestee 19, Tallinn, Estonia

Size

4 382,8 m2

Status

Completed 2004

Photos

Kaido Haagen, Raido Vint, Arne Maasik

Typology

Hospitality Projects

Tags

Estonia, Contemporary arhcitecture, Tallinn city centre, Hotel

The hotel occupies a lot between two historic buildings, conforming to its neighbours in height and volume but speaking a strikingly different language. The building’s main eye­catching elements are its main entrance – set in a broken, “caved­in” corner – and the overall vertical rhythm of the hotel’s windows and patinated copper cladding. The architect claims that inspiration was drawn, in a highly abstract manner, from the short­ lm compilation “Animatrix”: mainly, the idea that reality might be simulated. This is reflected in some optical distortions on the facade as well as in the general idea of a hotel as a dreamscape. In contrast with the building’s bold, solid main outer front, the courtyard-facing side is unexpectedly colourful. Inside, very thin ceilings housing built-in heating was an innovation not used before in the Baltics.