Functionalist apartment building with 162 apartments in Pärnu

Location: Pärnu, Estonia
Client: Metsapiiri Maja OÜ
Commission: 2002
Completed: 2005
Size: 9,900 m2
Sketch design: Lembit Tork


Pärnu is one of Estonia’s most renowned summer resorts with beautiful sandy beaches and rich entertainment programmes in the summer time. The real estate boom that reached Pärnu at the beginning of the 00s rapidly increased demand for summer apartments.

The new apartment buildings on Mai Street added a freshness and elegance to the district of pre-fab concrete buildings built in the Soviet era. The apartment buildings are divided into three similar sections. Each building has two compact main sections: a five-storey section and an eight-storey section with a stairway and a lift in the middle. The apartments on the upper floors overlook the Beach Park and the sea; the lower section of the building is located within an area with private houses that has a special high-value milieu.

The buildings predominantly use a white tone, which is a reference to the functionalist building traditions in Pärnu. In addition to the varied window placement, the facade also features balconies and French balconies with brightly coloured glass.