KALAMAJA MAJA : a house in northern Tallin
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KALAMAJA MAJA is a housing cooperative located at Vabriku 49 in the city district of ‘Kalamaja’ in Tallinn, Estonia. The building features 12 dwellings, 2 commercial spaces and a sauna. The building seeks to respond to the existing cultural and traditional contexts, while solving contemporary obstacles in an environmentally conscious form. The Project is informed through the analysis of the architectural history of this former Soviet nation. Future challenges such as Estonian dependence on fossil fuel such as oil shale, and cooling of its economic boom experienced during the 00s, play a significant role in the development of this diploma. My proposal features a cuboid building propped on a base which itself is sunken into the ground. The building is comprised of a ground floor containing two commercial spaces and a sauna, and three floors of dwellings. There is an additional floor on the roof for storage. The three floors of dwellings cantilever from the base on all sides creating a canopy by the base of the building. The dwelling floors themselves feature a double skin; one facade running vertically along the lines of the base, and the second running on the perimeter made of glazing. The space between these two skins house the winter garden which functions as an extension of livable spaces on the inside. Each floor contains four corner-dwellings of the same size (75 sqm) and configuration. The building is built out of cross laminated timber elements with the exception of the base which is concrete.