Lootsi Apartment Building with shops
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.