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house (280 m2) in Tallinn on the Baltic Sea coast Kalle Vellevoog, Tiiu Truus

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A photo: Evgeny Luchin

Text: Danila Gulyaev

Interior author: Tiiu Truus

Architect: Kalle Vellevoyog

Magazine: Click (right)

The house designed by architect Calle Vellevooga stands on the seashore, and Tallinn is visible through the strait. These two factors significantly influenced the architectural design and the interior: the house seemed to be directed towards the sea, with a silhouette similar to a ship, and beyond the windows a picturesque view opens from the city If the facade of the house really resembles a ship, then the whole structure has the shape of a zigzag. With an impressive external effect, this figure of the house is due to very practical reasons. He came too close to the sea, almost to the permissible 50 meters - no closer. The coast line crosses the section allotted for the house diagonally, and if the building were built exactly, straight lines, then one of its parts would pass through the distance prohibited by the standards. The internal layout of such features of the building influenced the most remarkable way. The whole space of the first floor is open, with free zoning. Actually, this is a large living room, the most important part of which is located along a wall of continuous tall windows, forming a viewing platform, as it were, with the aforementioned beautiful view. The resulting living-terrace looks to the south, and the opposite side of the house is as closed as possible - the architect wanted to protect the residents from the north winds with this plan. The spacious sofa is turned to the sea, the dining group is next to it, but the kitchen, although not separated from the living room, stands alone thanks to the non-linear structure of the house. The window in the kitchen was made narrow, as it no longer faces the sea, but towards the neighbors. Such a window well illuminates the surface of the desktop and at the same time allows you to preserve the privacy of the space. And from the street, this functional solution looks like an extravagant architectural device. In general, the window system in the house is complex - it seems to form a serpentine, whimsically settling around the geographical center of the building - the stairs to the second floor. Standing on this staircase, it is clear that the house is illuminated with daylight through, from all sides, without loss for comfort. On both floors narrow and wide windows alternate, which creates a special rhythm of space, the dynamics of openness and security. A rather unusual bedroom. The angles in it are indirect, so the wide bed in the center does not dominate the whole bedroom: there is still a lot of free space on the sides. The house as a whole leaves the impression of spacious and open space. Interior designer Tiiu Truus has precisely such a goal and pursued using light colors and a minimum of objects. The main decorative element in the house is the view from the windows: the sea and the air. This is definitely the already established, recognizable Baltic format of the modern home.Kalle Vellevoyog: "Despite the extravagant appearance, everything in this house is subordinated to practical purposes. The silhouette of the house is tailored to the shoreline, the window arrangement is calculated so as to protect residents from the north winds and street views."