Koidula 24 Apartment Building

Architects

Andres Ojari
Ilmar Valdur
3+1 Architects
Merje Müürisepp
Markus Kaasik

Location

L. Koidula 24, Tallinn, Estonia

Size

1 958 m2

Status

Completed in 2005

Photos

Kaido Haagen, Martin Siplane

Typology

Residential

Tags

Kadriorg, Residential, Contemporary arhcitecture, Apartment, Tallinn

Kadriorg might be considered one of the most “hostile” areas of Tallinn for contemporary architecture. This apartment building is one that has generated the most controversy in the area. This development in one of the most prestigious living areas in Tallinn consists of a renovated 19th-century townhouse on the street and a new wing in the courtyard. The old building fully retained its appearance but the interior structure was greatly altered, creating new connections between the floors.

The historical building acquired a striking metal clad addition next to it, although a passageway leading between the two offers a glimpse into a totally different environment in the yard. The new wing is light and airy with a facade marked by the rhythm of entrance galleries, terraces and stairs. The garden facade’s openness contradicts the rudeness of the street facade with its closed walls and stainless-steel coating. At the time of completion, the gallery-style solution was still quite novel in Estonia.

The interior features strict functional division: an entrance area followed by living space in the middle and service areas further on. The building has 16 apartments. The overall layout of the complex resulted from the idea to preserve the garden, which was transformed by Berlin-based landscape architecture office Le Balto. To accommodate this the parking was moved underground.