Historically, timber has been a popular building material for schools in the Nordic countries. 
In Estonia, the advent of new materials brought a pause of about 100 years in the construction of wooden schools. 

This pause was finally broken in autumn 2018 with the construction of Viimsi State Secondary School by KAMP Architects: a stunning CLT building which also became the largest wooden public building in Estonia.

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COMPACT is a prefabricated wooden house developed for residential and recreational use.
The architectural concept of COMPACT stems from the collaboration between Nordic Houses and the Architects of Trilog Studio, building on an award achieved by Nordic Houses in 2015.

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Instead of planning an ordinary three-story apartment building according to the zoning plan, in the Tallinn suburb Tabasalu architects Oliver Alver and Egon Metusala convinced the real estate developer to build exciting modern wooden townhouses instead.

From the ordinary to the extraordinary – now three black wooden townhouses are perfectly in tune with the natural surroundings.

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In the middle of nowhere deep in the South-Estonian woods, we are surprised by a striking industrial complex. An eye-catcher that so far has caught only a few eyes wandering in this faraway place.

It was precisely the idea of architects Ott Kadarik, Mihkel Tüür, Aleksei Petrov and interior architect Kadri Tamme (Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid, i.e. KTA) to prove that very good architecture can be created also in peripheral areas.

...and what do they do in this building anyway?
Production of laminated timber.

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The Estonian timber house industry is well known. The industry is one of the few in Estonia that exports most of its production.
Estonians were involved in the construction of the tallest timber building in Norway (80m).
Today, thanks to Matek - custom-made prefabricated timber frame house producer - Estonia has a perfect exemplar of a prefabricated apartment building, built using modern technologies and in a way to satisfy the needs of the real-estate market.

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