Lootsi Apartment Building with shops

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Architects

Tomomi Hayashi
Hanno Grossschmidt
HG ARHITEKTUUR

Architects

HG ARHITEKTUUR
Tomomi Hayashi
Hanno Grossschmidt

Location

Lootsi 3a, Tallinn, Estonia

Size

15172,5 m2

Status

Completed

Photos

Martin Siplane, Kaido Haagen

Typology

Public Projects, Residential

Tags

Residential, Habrour area, Estonia, Contemporary arhcitecture, Apartment

This building was the first proper urbane structure to be erected in the harbour area, setting the trend for bold and elegant solutions. The Y-shaped layout stems from the triangular plot and the aim to avoid large, stuffy volume. The plot’s location could be described as problematic: set amidst the harbour area and next to a major traffic junction with not much urban fabric around for support. Young and mainly childless individuals were seen as the target group in such a context, and thus the apartments are compact and efficient with one or two rooms. The light and airy feel emanates from the overall form as well as from the unusual facade materials, which include timber veneer and printed glass.