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NO99 Straw Theatre / Salto AB

  • 01:00 - 15 July, 2011
NO99 Straw Theatre / Salto AB
NO99 Straw Theatre / Salto AB, © Martin Siplane
© Martin Siplane

© Martin Siplane Courtesy of Karli Luik © Martin Siplane © Martin Siplane +16

From the architect. NO99 Straw Theatre is an object standing on the verge of being a pure functional container on one hand, and an art installation on the other. The Straw Theatre was to house a special summer season programme of theatre NO99, lasting from May to October 2011. It is a temporary building, operating for half a year, built for a specific purpose, programme and location.

© Martin Siplane
© Martin Siplane

The Straw Theatre is built in central Tallinn, on top of the former Skoone bastion, one of the best preserved baroque fortifications of Tallinn. At the beginning of the 20th century, the bastion worked as a public garden, and during the Soviet era it was more or less restricted recreational area for the Soviet navy with a wooden summer theatre and a park on top. For twenty years after the summer theatre burnt down and the Soviet troops left, the bastion remained a closed and neglected spot in the centre of town with real estate controversies and several failed large-scale development plans. In such a context, the Straw Theatre is an attempt to acknowledge and temporarily reactivate the location, test its potential and bring it back to use, doing all this with equally due respect to all historical layers of the site.

© Martin Siplane
© Martin Siplane

The rectangular main volume of the theatre is situated exactly on the same spot as the navy summer theatre, and one descending flight of stairs of the latter is used as a covered walkway and entrance area to the Straw Theatre. The building is surrounded by various outdoor recreational functions including an oversized chess board, table tennis, swings, and a baking oven, all with a non-commercial and pleasantly low-key feel.

© Martin Siplane
© Martin Siplane

The dramatic appeal of the building stems from its contextual setting on the site and its black, uncompromisingly mute main volume contrasting with a descending "tail“ with an articulate angular roof. One cannot escape the effect of the material of uncovered straw bales which have been spray painted black. The Straw Theatre is a unique occasion where straw has been used for a large public building and adjusted to a refined architectural form. For reinforcement purposes, the straw walls have been secured with trusses, which is a type of construction previously unused. As the building is temporary, it has not been insulated as normal straw construction would require but has been kept open to experience the raw tactile qualities of the material and accentuate the symbolic level of the life cycle of this sustainable material.

© Martin Siplane
© Martin Siplane
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "NO99 Straw Theatre / Salto AB" 15 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/150293/no99-straw-theatre-salto-ab/>
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Paul Cline · August 23, 2011

Wonderful example of straw based construction. NO99 Straw Theatre / Salto AB http://t.co/1NhiMKB via @archdaily #architecture

Scott Abercrombie · July 28, 2011

RT @robinbrittain: Straw Theatre, Estonia, temporary building, built with Straw Bales spray painted black: http://t.co/dTRhjUa << nice

samantha eccles · July 28, 2011

RT @robinbrittain: Straw Theatre, Estonia, temporary building, built with Straw Bales spray painted black: http://t.co/dTRhjUa << nice

The Cave Cooperative · July 28, 2011

Bit odd, but quite funky. Wonder how it would perform on all levels? NO99 Straw Theatre | ArchDaily http://t.co/jWXTZoY via @archdaily

Matt Bridgestock · July 28, 2011

RT @robinbrittain: Straw Theatre, Estonia, temporary building, built with Straw Bales spray painted black: http://t.co/dTRhjUa << nice

Jane · July 28, 2011

Straw Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia, temporary building, built incorporating Straw Bales spray painted black: http://bit.ly/oeX7pD

Robin Brittain · July 28, 2011

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Dan Salomon · July 17, 2011

Un teatro muy original, con un recubrimiento bastante inusual... @ymendels NO99 Straw Theatre / Salto AB | ArchDaily http://t.co/IO9nVKI

Dan Salomon · July 17, 2011

Un teatro muy original, con un recubrimiento bastante inusual... NO99 Straw Theatre / Salto AB | ArchDaily http://t.co/IO9nVKI

Platform E-Journal · July 16, 2011

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dobrzezaprojektowane · July 16, 2011

A w Tallinie - pawilon teatralny ze s?omy. Ale nie taki, jak my?licie. http://bit.ly/nroDOC

Jose Pico · July 16, 2011

Tecnologia y sostenibilidad para recuperar la tradición y valores de un teatro temporal. NO99 ST http://t.co/XCJI2Gn vía @archdaily

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Taimar Teetlok · July 16, 2011

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Sarah Bleby · July 16, 2011

NO99 Straw Theatre - what a great pop up festival venue. http://t.co/gsOvhZu via @archdaily. Should we give it a go in mad March #Adelaide?

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