Fotografiska has instantly become Tallinn’s new favourite destination. The photography museum’s concrete surfaces pay homage to the industrial history of the building.
Fotografiska Tallinn, opened in June 2019, is the first sister museum to the photography museum Fotografiska in Stockholm based on a franchising principle.
The museum is located in the lively Telliskivi district of Tallinn in an old industrial building, which was completed in 1905. Next to the museum, there are trendy restaurants, design shops and a flea market on Saturdays.
The renovation was designed by Salto Architects, and interior architect Toomas Korb was responsible for the interior design.
In addition to two museum floors, Fotografiska houses a café, a shop and event facilities in the downstairs lobby, and a beautiful restaurant on the top floor. The view from the restaurant terrace over Tallinn is simply spectacular.
It is hard to believe that a few years ago, the building – and the entire neighborhood – was empty and derelict.
It is hard to believe that a few years ago, the building – and the entire neighborhood – was empty and derelict. The architects wanted to preserve as much of the old structures as possible and the building’s industrial history is present particularly in the majestic concrete stair halls.
Outside the building, there is a statuesque route down from the upper floors. The stylish restaurant on the top floor operates on a zero-waste principle. The museum is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to up to 1 a.m. at night.
Fotografiska Tallinn, Telliskivi 60a/8, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia.
Text: Anu Karttunen/Avotakka Photos: Tiina-Liina Uudam/Fotografiska and Terje Ugandi/Salto Architects