INDUSTRIES to HOUSING
In the United States, the phenomenon of revamped industrial buildings began some decades ago, when the new middle-class became tired of suburban life and started to move back to the city centres. ‘Loft living’ became the new lifestyle and a successful real-estate product. Today, this is happening in Estonia. The Fahle Building, a former paper factory perched on one of the highest points in Tallinn, has become the city’s first large-scale example of industrial rebirth. It has restaurants, office spaces and now, towering over all this, a new glass box with apartments. The objective is clear: to emphasize the imposing factory building by adding a new layer to this landmark, a fashion statement in the form of a sexy glass building overlooking the city. The 14-storey structure does not try to blend in or to hide its modern appearance. It is a fitting apotheosis for what was, until recently, a heap of crumbling limestone walls.