Noole Apartment Building

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Eek & Mutso Architects
Margit Mutso


Kristi Põldme


Noole 8, Kalamaja, Tallinn, Estonia




completed 2008


Agulimaja OÜ


Reio Avaste




Apartment, Tallinn

Kalamaja is one of wooden suburbs encircling the old town of Tallinn. In the last decade, the once rundown, poor, woodenhouse district has been transformed into one of the most desired dwelling areas. People relocate here in search of bohemian charm, romance and greenery.

The house was built on top of the limestone walls of an old single storey factory building. One wing of the existing building was taken down and two storeys were added to the second wing running along Noole street. Apartments under the gabled roof have two levels. The long and monotonous build of the house was broken by cut-in and overhanging balconies and terraces to give it more subtle and intriguing look.

Finishing materials and details were chosen to correspond to the surrounding neighbourhood: vertical board and batten siding (so called swedish siding) that extend to form the gard rail for the french balconies, rusted metal surfaces, iron-oxide treated concrete, corten-steel and sandblasted limestone.

Multiple office spaces were designated for the first level of the building in order to enliven the Kalamaja district during daytime hours. Alas, over time, most of them were refurbished as apartments.