Located on the picturesque coast of the Baltic Sea overlooking the silhouette of mediaeval Tallinn, NOA Restaurant designed by KAMP Architects provides a perfect environment to enjoy contemporary Estonian cuisine along with architecture. It is a culinary venue with a special Nordic touch, fit both for intimate family gatherings and various social occasions.
NOA’s architecture evokes strong emotions due to its spatial and visual contrasts, which nonetheless form a coherent whole. The street facades maintain a closed character while the southern wall opens up towards the Bay of Tallinn above which looms the silhouette of the Old Town. Closed up for everything except the sea, the location of the restaurant building helps the guest to forget the bustling city life and traffic and instead to concentrate on the essentials, the scenic sea view and the food. Sharp angles are softened by undulating roof shapes above the open-air terrace at the back. Dark brown public facades are in contrast with the bright white of the interiors and the furnishing.
NOA’s building is an architectural tailor made suit for a culinary institution, which ranked as the best restaurant in Estonia in 2014. Gaining momentum not only with its culinary expertise but also architecture, the restaurant building was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.