Aluminium House / Arhitektid Muru & Pere

Alumiiniummaja Muru/Pere

Architects: Arhitektid Muru & Pere
Location: Rannamõisa near Tallinn,
Project team: Urmas Muru, Peeter Pere, Janek Maat ,Katrin Kaevats
Structure designer: Ago Kuddu
Design year: 2005-2007
Construction year: 2007-2008
Project area: 266 sqm
Photographs: Tarvo Varres

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The idea was to have two stories of a different kind of building.

The concept was born out of the wrist movement when scribbling on paper. The area allowed for building was very long and narrow due to multiple restrictions. We began piling the rooms in one row at one end until we met the border; then we turned the room itself backwards and that is how the building obtained its current form.

ground floor plan
ground floor plan

The turning room does not seem to have an end. The intersections between the floors and ceilings are unexpected. In some places the spaces are very simple, and in other places pretty messed up.


The building is covered in on the exterior, the interior has been designed with plywood and other board materials. The result is a tangled up building or safety pin, that can spread itself out any moment.

Cite: "Aluminium House / Arhitektid Muru & Pere" 15 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • TheSoka

    totally innovative, fun, radical, excellent and interesting piece of architecture.

  • E-J

    love it, but those sketches are way below average! seems like most architects can only draw with a computer these days..

    • harry

      It seems to be, but that’s not true in my case

  • lebu

    totally insane and ridicules

  • Andrew Geber

    i thought it was nordic

  • shady sides

    whoa – that’s harsh i’m afraid

  • Bo

    really not bad!

    - idea;
    - plans (smooth and wavy);
    - stairs to bedroom;
    dont like:
    - fasad details(!);
    - enter door;

  • gaijin

    a weak project. Absolutely nothing new. I can’t understand, why in such lovely place, in pine forest, to built aluminum hopper? Why?
    The plans are good, but.. nothig new. One question-why you (architects) did a deep and dark patio in the first floor? Where’re no space outside? where’re no views? where no meadow outside window?

  • harry

    looks very good, I like it.

  • josep

    not as good as Diller Scofidio’s Slow House but I can see where the inspiration come from specially those sketches

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  • nappy

    it’s like a simplified klein bottle…investigation of feedback loops and what not.

    Great project but they should have played around more with
    minimal surfaces

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