Gatehouse of the historic industrial quarter in the heart of Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia
Commission: 2014
Size: 12,000 m2

Rotermann 6 is located in the rapidly developing quarter of Tallinn city centre, the Rotermann quarter originally established in the 19th century. The plot is surrounded by various old or reconstructed buildings: the Elevator and Control building in Hobujaama Street to the east, a multiplex cinema to the south, the Old and New Flour Storage to the west and the Wheat- and Rye-Mill to the north. The facades of the former office building and bakery are heritage protected and will be reconstructed.

The new buildings at Rotermann 6 will be designed as the notional gateway to the Rotermann quarter – while visible along the street it will be one of the most noticeable entries into the quarter. The planned office building will have six floors above and two floors below ground.

The architectural design was inspired by the random chaotic character of the industrial landscape. Different proportions, varied rooflines and intermittent materials help to fuse the building into the surrounding industrial environment. The glass facade and its geometric distribution refer to the steel structures that are widely used in the quarter. The dimensions of the building follow the characteristic scale of the quarter supporting the rhythm of the narrow streets.

The building is divided into two parts functionally. Retail spaces fill the first two floors; the other four floors offer office space. The retail spaces are flexible in size and shape. Parking is located on the basement floors. The spaces on the perimeter of the building towards the Elevator building open towards an internal street.