White House in Nõmme

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Architects

Martin Aunin
Novarc

Interiot Design

Kaire Kemp-Tišler, Ea Andla

Engineering

Novarc

Location

Nõmme, Tallinn, Estonia

Size

406 m2

Status

Completed 2007

Construction

AS Merko Ehitus

Photos

Kaido Haagen, Martin Siplane, Arne Maasik, Ülo Josing

Typology

Interior Design, Residential

Tags

Residential, Interior, House, Tallinn, Villa

Organizing a competition for a private house is an unusual event, but this opportunity presented itself in the form of a corner lot in Nõmme. Of the three houses, only this one was built in its original form.

Only a closed-off concrete surface imprinted with traces of the formwork is visible to passerby: the building’s expressive form can only be seen from the yard. The broken surfaces of the white anodized aluminum eaves and the abundant use of glass create an immediately recognizable face for the house. It is distinguished from many other photogenic “magazine houses” by the execution of details and extremely high construction quality.

The house has three large terraces (an entry terrace on the street side and two in the yard that face in different directions). The extension of the living space into the yard is emphasized by the continuation of planking running in the same direction on the wooden terraces, which are edged by thin concrete terrazzo tiles. A pathway of white cobblestones runs along the outer wall.

The interior is comprised of a flowing open space, where all activities are intertwined. Only the bedroom is in a separate and more private zone. In addition to the glass and concrete that dominate on the exterior, wood is added as a material on the interior – thereby creating a warmer atmosphere. The entire house is packed full of automatic equipment contained on a separate utility floor in the basement. The most interesting technical detail is the use of sensors on the glass façade that change the angle of the window shutters based on the movement of the sun.