The Pier / Kavakava Architects

  • 06 Apr 2013
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© Margit Argus

Architects: Kavakava Architects
Location: , Estonia
Architect In Charge: Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil
Year: 2011
Photographs: Margit Argus, Siiri Vallner, Maarin Murk, Tarvo Hanno Varres, Courtesy of

© Tarvo Hanno Varres

Pier was part of the “lift 11″ urban installations festival ( The aim of the installation was to encourage temporary uses and bring out beauty of decaying place.

© Maarin Murk

The installation explores the territory before its “real” and official use.Time has weathered and deformed the pier over decades. It does not fit for landing boats any more. However, it would be perfect for sitting, relaxing and having a good time.

© Siiri Vallner

The constantly changing surface is living a life of its own – a fact that is underlined by covering the concrete pier with wooden boarding. Thus a desolate crumbling object has been returned to the contemporary urban space.

Courtesy of Kavakava Architects

The boarded surfaces reflect exact shapes of concrete slabs created upon disintegration. Contemporary architects make efforts to create spaces and surfaces that look unstable. Here this situation is found and can be used as a test ground.

Cite: Cifuentes, Fabián. "The Pier / Kavakava Architects" 06 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • matt

    oh, come on. really? so, so dumb.

    on the other hand, we’ve lowered the bar for published projects once again.

    • Pok Kobkongsanti

      Really? I think this is quite a nice and simple idea though.

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  • Alle

    It was cool walking on it. Interaction…