Last few weeks I spent in Europe and my first stop was at home in Tallinn, Estonia where I try to go at least once a year to see my family and friends. This time I was lucky as my visit correlated with design week in Tallinn and I was invited to give a talk for a local design community. I was actually a little nervous as it was my first time giving a talk in my home town.
The coolest thing though is that I got a chance to give a talk at this awesome new creative hub which is called Kultuurikatel. Basically it's an old boiler room. When I was growing up this place was half ruined and nobody would ever go there. It looked like a perfect place for drug addicts to hang out. Just to give you the idea I found that one image below in the internet.
Now, it got renovated in such a way, that all the hundred-years-old mechanical parts are still there, making it look like a perfect steam punk movie set. There are constantly events being held inside as well as few design studios moved there.
Right next to Kultuurikatel is an old building of Linnahall (city concert hall), that was built in Tallinn in 1980 for the summer Olympic games that took place in Moscow. Since Moscow doesn't have any sea access, all of the olympic sailing events took place in Tallinn. As a kid I used to go there all the time to the ice ring and play hockey. Now this massive concrete structure is completely abandoned. Surprisingly there's not much information about this building online. I've heard rumors that it is going to be demolished, but couldn't find any info on that as well.
Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn appeared on maps in the 13th century and its old town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's actually quite large and consists of two parts, lower and upper old town.
Pirita is one of the districts of Tallinn right by the beach. I grew up not that far away from here, on the hill (Lasnamae) in one of the suburbs and sleeping districts. As a kid I used to bike here during the summers to spend time on the beach.
Maarjamäe World War II memorial.
One of my favorite districts of Tallinn. Kadriorg is technically a big park built by Peter the Great for Catherine I in 1725. You can find really nice gems of Tallinn in this place.