Lasnamäe Municipal Housing

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Architects

Peeter Pere
Urmas Muru
Janek Maat

Location

Alvari and Loometsa Str, Tallinn, Estonia

Status

Completed 2003

Photos

Kert Saarma

Typology

Residential

Tags

Lasnamäe, Tallinn

After their completion in the early 2000s, the social houses in Alvari and Loometsa Streets initiated a lively discussion about the location and architecture of social houses and their influence on the surrounding social environment. The houses designed by Muru and Pere have been built as cheaply as possible, but the choice of materials (ceramically treated concrete elements), the solution of the facade (balconets, steel balconies covered by zinc) and the rhythm of the windows attempt to change the image of social housing as being camouflaged in the urban space and hiding the socially more vulnerable population. In total, there are 142 flats in the two blocks.