Tallinn-Öismäe, Estonia, Europe
 
 
Year1968latitude: 59° 24'
longitude: 24° 38'
Period
Initiator(s)
Planning organization
Nationality initiator(s)
Designer(s) / Architect(s)Malle Meelak
Mart Port
Design organization
Inhabitants
Target population45,000
Town website
Town related links
Literature- Mart Kalm, Estonian 20th century architecture, Tallinn 2002.
- Triin Ojari, ’Floor Space. The modernist residential housing Ideology and Mustamae’ (summary), in: Studies on Art and Architecture 2004 nr.2, 66-70

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New-Town-in-Town
Satellite
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
Capital
Decentralization
Industrialization
Resettlement
Economic
 

Circular pond in the middle of Öismäe.
source: Michelle Provoost, 2004



Housing detail of balconies.
source: Michelle Provoost, 2004



Housing surrounding the circular central park.
source: Michelle Provoost



Streetscape.
source: Michelle Provoost, 2004


This New-Town-in-Town is part of Tallinn and has a truly remarkable and unique circular layout. The centre of the area is a circular pond in the middle of a carfree circular park, surrounded by a circle of high apartment blocks. Öismäe was originally planned for 45.000 inhabitants by Malle Meelak and Mart Port in 1968; it was completed in mid 1980's. It is one of the three main postwar areas in Tallinn, with the earlier Mustamäe (1958), based on the idea of the mikrorayon, and the later, more dense Lasnamäe (1970).

source: Michelle Provoost

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