Tallinn, Estonia

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November 9, 2009

Since the fall of the USSR, Tallinn has managed to look unblinkingly to the future while still retaining vital elements of its past. A hotbed of northern art and design encircling a UNESCO World Heritage site, this Baltic City is fast becoming an architect’s paradise.

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  The changing shape of Tallinn’s skyline is hotly debated, though coherent urban planning that incorporates renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural lighting is on the rise.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    The changing shape of Tallinn’s skyline is hotly debated, though coherent urban planning that incorporates renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural lighting is on the rise.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Stereo — Harju 6,  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Stereo — Harju 6,

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Elevant
 — Vene 5, Avatud E-P 12-23  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Elevant — Vene 5, Avatud E-P 12-23

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Kumu Art Museum — Weizenbergi 34  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Kumu Art Museum — Weizenbergi 34

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Snelli Park, one of a necklace of lawns beside the old battlements, offers year-round recreation, whether ice-skating on the moat or picnicking on the grass.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Snelli Park, one of a necklace of lawns beside the old battlements, offers year-round recreation, whether ice-skating on the moat or picnicking on the grass.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  As a symbol of Tallinn’s architectural rebirth, the Fahle House by local firm KOKO is deliberately conspicuous, thanks to the glass apartment box perched like a parasite atop the old limestone structure.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    As a symbol of Tallinn’s architectural rebirth, the Fahle House by local firm KOKO is deliberately conspicuous, thanks to the glass apartment box perched like a parasite atop the old limestone structure.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  The Kumu Art Museum, designed by Finnish architect Pekka Vapaavuori, showcases primarily Estonian art in a building defined by clean lines, limestone, and glass.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    The Kumu Art Museum, designed by Finnish architect Pekka Vapaavuori, showcases primarily Estonian art in a building defined by clean lines, limestone, and glass.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Kultuurikatel — Pohja Road 27 A & B  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Kultuurikatel — Pohja Road 27 A & B

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Sushi House — Rataskaevu 16,  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Sushi House — Rataskaevu 16,

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  Tallinn Synagogue — 16 Karu  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Tallinn Synagogue — 16 Karu

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  An expansive plaza leads to the entryway of the harborside Linnahall, a bulky, symmetrical concrete-and-stone concert hall.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    An expansive plaza leads to the entryway of the harborside Linnahall, a bulky, symmetrical concrete-and-stone concert hall.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Kunstihoone— Vabaduse väljak 6  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Kunstihoone— Vabaduse väljak 6

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Snelli Park — Toompuistee, bastion belt greenery west of the Old Town.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Snelli Park — Toompuistee, bastion belt greenery west of the Old Town.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Harjumägi — Komendandi, adjacent to St. Nicholas Church.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Harjumägi — Komendandi, adjacent to St. Nicholas Church.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Reet Aus — Müürivahe 19  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Reet Aus — Müürivahe 19

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Kunstihoone Art Hall is a center for avant-garde art, which it displays in a flowing gallery space replete with an illuminated glass ceiling.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Kunstihoone Art Hall is a center for avant-garde art, which it displays in a flowing gallery space replete with an illuminated glass ceiling.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Puppet Theater (Eesti Nukuteater) — Lai 1/3  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Puppet Theater (Eesti Nukuteater) — Lai 1/3

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  The students at the Estonian Academy of Arts, an influential design force, readily interact with the public, who can view their works in the lobby.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    The students at the Estonian Academy of Arts, an influential design force, readily interact with the public, who can view their works in the lobby.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Rotermann Quarter — at the cross streets of Mere and Narva Ahtri.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Rotermann Quarter — at the cross streets of Mere and Narva Ahtri.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Ringed by cafes and restaurants, vibrant Town Hall Square has been the center of public events, from executions to festivals, for centuries.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Ringed by cafes and restaurants, vibrant Town Hall Square has been the center of public events, from executions to festivals, for centuries.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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