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Floriade 2012 Estonian Pavilion – KODA

Location: Venlo, Netherland
Year: 2012
Type: Open Competition
Scale: 73.5 m²
Status: I Prize; Built
Client: Enterprice Estonia, Estonian Woodhouse Association
Team: Joel Kopli, Koit Ojaliiv

Estonians have historically been “forest dwellers”. Their experience in building from wood goes back to the 3rd millennium BCE when the first timber structure was built – the koda. Through traditions and customs, this dwelling unit with archaic and simple architecture laid the foundation for a complex ethos that could be called the soul of the Estonian identity.

Koda is one of the oldest Estonian words, originally meaning “place for living”, and it is linguistically very close to the words kodu (“home”) and koht (“place”). The archetypal koda in its original form is still in use, even though its basic purpose has changed. Over time, completely new types of koda have appeared: places for making music and meeting others, blacksmithing, worship, all of which shows how deep the koda’s roots are in our culture.

The concept for this pavilion is based on the archetypal koda, which has been modernized in form and function. The koda is a unit that can be given very many different functions and can be grouped to create larger modular combinations. The pavilion is a timber frame structure composed of 6 modules finished with different high-quality materials and in different styles. Interior finishing from birch plywood gives the house a warm and modern feeling.

Tables: Kristel Jakobson (HAKA disain); Chairs: Aap Piho (MAAST Furniture); Lamps: Margus Triibmann (KEHA3)