Rowing Boathouse, Viljandi (Viljandi Sõudeellingu hoone), 2007
The old town of Viljandi spreads over the hill overlooking the Viljandi Lake. The site is at thes bottom of the hill, directly onto the lake, next to the existing lifesaver’s watchtower, boat storage, and beach. The building was meant to be seen from the castle on top of the hill as well as from the lake. Competition brief called for a rowingboat storage, a workshop, and a viewing platform with economical solution. Our proposal was to evoke movement in form and to connect the building to the landscape. The roof segments with 2 slightly different curve are slid one after another to make slits letting natural light to come in daytime and artificial light to go out in the evenings. The viewing tower was designed as a separate sculptural object. The roof and the exterior wall are covered with wooden slats.