KODA village Tallinn

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Hospitality Architecture, Winner in Landscape Architecture / Urban Design
Firm LocationTallinn, Estonia
Lead ArchitectÜlar Mark
Design Team Liina-Liis Pihu, Maria Alnek, Eva-Liisa Lepik, Kadri Tonto
ClientKODA Stay

The first KODA village in the world is a
temporary community providing high quality
interim use for a city center parking lot
that is waiting to be developed.
The village is combined of seven KODA
houses. The prefabricated 25 m2 units
accommodate living, short term stays,
office, retail and a pop-up cafeteria. The
smart solutions (automatic heating-cooling-
ventilating system, solar panels, well
insulated walls, 4-ply glass, sunshade etc.)
result in plus energy houses that annually
produce more energy than they consume. The
mobile concrete houses need no foundation
and can be relocated after use. The
landscape design is as mobile as the houses.
The triangular terrace modules can be
relocated and refitted in a new context.
Even the plant species used are pioneering,
meaning they are tough and ready to occupy
new areas.
Since KODA is a free standing house that can
be separated from the plot, it has a
secondary market and can be easily sold
after use, creating a new dynamic situation
both in the urban context and the real
estate development sector. The temporary but
high quality KODA village brings the interim
use to a new level, improving the quality of
the urban environment today instead of