Poska St 19 Apartment Building

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Architect

Celander Projekt

Location

J. Poska 19, Tallinn, Estonia

Size

785,2 m2

Status

Completed 2011

Photos

Kert Saarma

Typology

Historical, Residential, Wooden Architecture

Tags

Residential, Contemporary arhcitecture, Refurbished, Kadriorg, Tallinn

Poska Street has historically been the settlement of servants at Kadriorg Palace. The area’s nickname sloboda, meaning ‘slum’ in Russian, testifies that a great deal of them were of Russian origin. Hence, elaborate specifically Russian­-style woodcarvings feature on a great number of the small wooden dwellings here. The buildings at 19 Poska Street are probably the oldest wooden houses in Tallinn, dating from the baroque era, and many of the period details have been preserved. One of the recently reconstructed dwellings also acquired a contemporary annex housing eight apartments. While visibly contemporary, the overall structural volume and dark wood cladding also respect the historical context.