Villa V / 3+1 Architects

Architects: 3+1 Architects
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Architects in charge: Markus Kaasik, Andres Ojari & Ilmar Valdur
Construction Year: 2001
Constructed area: 354 sqm
Photographs: 3+1 Architects

Square-shaped folded landscape of the house is cut into the existing landscape, creating more privacy for family’s common space. At the same time the space is totally open – one may see different sides of the lot. So the villa do not create an interruption into the existing landscape but forms one part of it. The different surface qualities of the folded landscape are like in-between spaces separating the two levels of the villa and existing pine forest, creating new material and visual connections.

In the first floor behind the wooden facade there are private spaces – bedrooms, wardrobe, cabinet, bathrooms. Two functionally independent apartments – one for children, one for parents – are formed from these rooms. The vertical and horizontal surfaces of the villa are of cast , or bright wood, but the different material surfaces are choreographed so that they move freely from the wall to the floor, from the exterior to the interior. The main materials of the villa are intertwined with one another, changing places as exterior and interior surfaces.

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    I live in Brazil, so I am not familiar with vey low temperatures. But I think they cannot do much landscaping around this house in Estonia right because the snow and everything…

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    Interior-quite lucky.But-theres a little mess with exterior details…For example-where wood come to concrete-not “clean”.And abouth low-really low temperatures-yeah,they have them…Thats always is the problem-50-100 centimetres of snow…

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    heh, yes in some of the photos there’s a lot of snow but guys, don’t be silly, it’s not always like this :D estonia is not in lapland, you know…

    these photos are very old and probably taken before the landscaping was completed…

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    Does the timber continue on the inside of the top floor? It would be nice to see some interior shots of the timber roof..

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