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Tallinn, Estonia

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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, Photo by Jens Passoth.
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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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