Noole Apartment Building

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Architects

Eek & Mutso Architects
Margit Mutso
Kristi Põldme

Location

Noole 4, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia

Size

4354,3 m2

Completed

2006-2007

Photos

Reio Avaste,

Typology

Historical, Residential

Tags

Residential, Contemporary arhcitecture, Refurbished, Kalamaja, Tallinn

This apartment building is one example of negotiating contemporary architecture with an environment under heritage protection. The outer appearance of the unusually long building was largely determined by a historic military structure, the outer limestone walls of which form the ground floor. The first floor with its yellow cladding references local wooden houses; the uppermost floor adds diversity with Cor­Ten steel. Nearly all apartments have generous outdoor areas and different floor plans, with sizes varying from one­ to five rooms per apartment. The ground floor features studio apartments and small offices with separate entrances from the street, making for greater mixed use of space in the neighbourhood. The building was conceived as the first of an entirely new quarter, but the developers decided to carry on with a different scheme.