Located 30 minutes from Tallinn city center, Neeme Residence sits in a rural setting by the coast of the Gulf of Finland in the immediate vicinity of the beach, schools and a Michelin guide restaurant. This new development of eight prefab row houses with forty apartments, each comprising four steel-frame modules, were designed with three core elements in mind: the size, the environment and modularity.
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The primary objective of this row house was to create a fulfilling home for families that are delighted in a functional optimized living space. The interior was designed to be roomy enough to accommodate a young family comfortably, yet small enough to reduce the time and cost of maintaining it. Though the local municipality’s zoning regulations stipulated apartment buildings, our architects took a creative turn embracing the concept of ‘apartments with a garden’. The design is a two-storey, two-bedroom home with all the necessary facilities, combining the living room and kitchen, spicing up the experience with a sauna in every home. Each of the apartments have decks for expanded outdoor living encouraging its residents to step outside and embrace the surrounding abundant nature.
Nature plays a significant role in the entire concept. Starting from the streamlined manufacturing environment, the modular construction allows to calculate the exceptionally precise use of materials, thus reducing the labor intensity and footprint substantially. Furthermore, the architects delivered a layout that embodies the historical village and preserves the surrounding trees to the fullest extent. One of the prominent elements in the interior design is the wooden ceilings. A practical component of the construction, usually covered with drywall, is left exposed, thus not only reducing the excessive use of materials, but also bringing the warm wooden textures and character into the living space.
One challenge the designers faced, was to change the preconceived notions associated with pre-fabricated buildings, so that Neeme Residence would not appear repetitive or monotonous. Finding the balance between contemporary architecture and the vibe of a fisherman’s village lead to minimalistic yet playful façades. The pine wood exterior variates between 10 different patterns to personalize the homes while bringing a uniform look to the village. Although the KODEA modules were initially designed to be assembled as single-bedroom flat roof buildings, the two-bedroom Neeme Residences have a pitched roof concept to blend in with the local milieu, demonstrating the versatility of KODEA pre-fab solutions while keeping the core product design unaltered.
This project is an outcome of an excellent partnership between KODEA, the local municipality and our client who went along with our innovative approach and saw potential in creating while preserving.
Streamlined manufacturing environment allowed to calculate an exceptionally precise use of materials while modular construction reduces the on-site construction significantly.
Nature in Mind
A layout that preserves the surrounding trees to the fullest extent, accompanied with decks that encourage to step outside and embrace the nature.
Initially designed as single-bedroom flat roof row houses turned to two-bedroom pitched roof solution to adapt to the customer’s and local environment’s needs.
Inspired by Tiny Houses
Fulfilling homes with a functional and optimal living space. Designed to be roomy enough to accommodate a family, yet small enough to reduce the cost of maintenance.
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