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We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Estonian Architecture. We aim to include significant and interesting Estonian buildings. We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Estonia. The focus is on contemporary Estonian buildings.

We have 2 pages of Estonian Architecture selections.

Estonian Architecture : A-K (this page)

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Estonia Architecture News

Estonia Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

A Path in the Forest, Kadriorg, Tallinn – 19 Aug 2013
Design: Tetsuo Kondo Architects
A Path in the Forest
photo : Tetsuo Kondo Architects

The architects say this about the project:
“In the elegant woods of Kadriorg, we added a path.
A path which relies on the forest as it flutters through the woods with over 300 years of age.
I feel that the appearance of the woods slightly changes when you walk along this path. We no longer are looking up at the woods from the ground but we get closer to the leaves and sliver through the branches.”

TAB 2013 Vision Competition, Tallinn, Estonia
Väike-Õismäe Estonia
photo : Arne Maasik
TAB 2013 Vision Competition
The Estonian Centre of Architecture in collaboration with the City of Tallinn announced the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013 Vision Competition: Recycling Socialism. According to the curators of TAB 2013, the aim of the open international vision competition is to gather architectural ideas and methods to enhance the current life quality as well as to envision the future of the iconic block-housing district of Väike-Õismäe (“Little Blossom Hill”) in Tallinn. The deadline of the competition entries is April 30th, 2013.

Lasva Water Tower
Architects: logon
Lasva Water Tower Building
picture from architects

Lasva Water Tower Building
Lasva Water Tower is pretty much off the beaten track. The traditional route for young people born in the periphery on the outskirts of Europe would be to move to a nearby urban centre, onto the capital and maybe onto a wealthier city as part of how to survive. Similarly, people who did not wish to follow that route, missed out on opportunities to present their talent, receive the same attention even in a national context, never mind internationally. So, Lasva Water Tower seeks to turn that upside down and to create a ‘wormhole’ from here to the rest of the world by the means of architectural design.

Semi-autonomous sauna, western Estonia
Design: Architectural Bureau Pluss
Sauna Building in Estonia
image from architect

Sauna Building in Estonia
It sometimes happens that houses are located by the sea. Often these houses include a sauna in this part of the world. The ‘heart’ of the sauna, hot room (also known as vapour bath or steam room), might also stand apart from the dwelling. The current hot room takes this to the extreme: from the inside, a maximum view of the sea, and from the outside, a minimal visual impact. This was the result of a common wish of both the client and the architects to explore and test the limits of this ancient and vital function in this region – not to forget the functionality while playing with form.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale
New Estonian Architecture
photo : Martin Melioranski
Tallinn Architecture Biennale : New international architecture forum – 2011
Estonian Centre of Architecture and TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale
TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale main exhibition “11FLIRTS” at Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn, opens during the Gala of TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale on the 9th of September, and remains open until the 25th of September. “11FLIRTS” deals with experimental architecture and relates it to the context of an existing Baroque palace and art museum. “Architecture is used to be the background or backdrop for things created by man. Like the show pieces in a museum. But what if one inserts architecture in the gaps left by art? Architecture becomes an object and environment at the same time. This change in scale and relations gives the spectator tools to access the new understanding about the abilities of architecture.”

New Estonian Architecture Exhibition
‘BOOM/ROOM’, Moscow
Pärnu Central Library
photo : Kaido Haagen
New Estonian Architecture Exhibition – 2011
Exhibition BOOM/ROOM: NEW ESTONIAN ARCHITECTURE will open on 21 June at MUAR – Russian State Museum of Architecture, Moscow. BOOM/ROOM, produced by the Estonian Centre of Architecture in collaboration with the Estonian Embassy in Moscow, presents a distinct selection of Estonian architecture from the last decade. The opening will be accompanied by a seminar, where Estonian architects and institutional representatives discuss the latest tendencies in Estonian architecture.

Estonia Architecture

Major Estonian Buildings / Structures, alphabetical:

Academy of Arts, Tallinn
Mikou Design Studio
Tallinn New Academy of Arts
picture from architect

Tallinn New Academy of Arts

Apartment building in Tallinn
Architects Ott Kadarik, Villem Tomiste, Mihkel Tüür
Apartment building in Tallinn
photo : Paco Ulman

Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa in Kuressaare
KOKO Architects (Margit Kärner, Lea Laidra, Raivo Kotov)
Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa
photo : Martin Siplane

Central square, Rakvere
KOSMOS Architects (Ott Kadarik, Villem Tomiste, Mihkel Tüür, Veronika Valk)
Central square in Rakvere
photo : Ott Kadarik

EGCC Golf Club in Jõelähtme
Architect Andres Siim
EGCC Golf Club Jõelähtme
photo : Martin Siplane

Hotel Telegraaf, Tallinn
Architect Martin Aunin
Hotel Telegraaf in Tallinn
photo from Estonian Centre of Architecture

Kindergarten Lotte, Tartu
Kavakava OÜ

Koidula apartment building, Tallinn
3+1 Architects (Markus Kaasik, Andres Ojari, Ilmar Valdur, Merje Müürisepp)
Apartment building in Tallinn
photo : Arne Maasik

Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
Vapaavuori Architects

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Developments in countries close to Estonia

Russian Buildings
Latvian Architecture
Belarus Buildings
Lithuanian Architecture

Estonian Tower Building:

Tallinn TV Tower, Pirita

312m high, Galaxy Restaurant with great views
Tallest structure in the Estonia

Eastern European Developments

Croatian Projects
Hungarian Developments
Romanian Building
Ukraine Architecture

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