Tallinn kutsub

To The Sea

by Tomomi Hayashi
Structural engineering
by Mihkel Sagar (Mainhouse OÜ)
Location: Roof of the Linnahall concert hall (Mere puiestee 20)
Duration: 15 July – 15 October 2011

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The Linnahall, built for the Tallinn Olympic Regatta held in 1980 (architects Raine Karp and Riina Altmäe), was the first and only place offering common people access to the sea within the city centre during the Soviet era. The immediate area by the Linnahall was closed, and therefore people had to walk across the roof. The building was designed to have a low mastaba-like structure because of the still-existing requirement that the view of the Old Town from Tallinn Bay must be preserved.

However, due to poor construction quality and some functional particularities, such as the absence of an orchestra pit and the fly tower being too low, the Linnahall is in hibernation today, waiting for the winds of change and for investments. Despite the internal lull, the roof and the stairs of the Linnahall continue to be popular spots for spending time, especially in the warm season.

The installation was inspired by the unique location and the impressive architectural concept of the building, and further emphasised the sense of going to the sea from the Old Town. By adding the temporary observation platforms, the installation accentuated the inherent desire, contained in the building, to move on towards the horizon and freedom.



Tomomi Hayashi

Tomomi Hayashi is a Japanese architect living in Estonia. He studied in the Yokohama National University, Japan, as well as in the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. He worked in the Architecture Studios Maki and Associates in Tokyo and Rafael Viñoly Architects in New York City. Since 2001, he has been working in Estonia: in Architecture Offices HEAD Arhitektid (2001) and Kosmos (2003); since 2004, in HG Arhitektuur. Major works: Lasnamäe sports hall, the Museum of Occupations, apartment building at Lootsi 3a, Foorum Business Centre as well as the old and new flour storage in the Rotermann Quarter (all in Tallinn). See http://www.hga.ee