SALTO AB

Salto Architects is a Tallinn-based office founded in 2004. In their thirteen-year practice, Salto has taken particular interest in the meeting points between architecture, landscape design and art. Their practice is mainly focused on conceptualising public space and buildings. Contextual approach to architecture implies awareness of each location, its inhabitants, customs, politics, economy and natural environment. In other words,  site-specificity forms the starting point to each work of Salto AB.

Significant part of Salto’s objects is made up of public buildings, where a critical and interdisciplinary approach plays an essential role, e.g. Viljandi State High School, Baltic Film and Media School, Estonian Road Museum, Pärnu Environmental Education Centre, Sõmeru Community Centre, Sports Hall at the Estonian University of Life Sciences and others. During its activity, Salto has gained international attention and received awards for their installations, e.g. Estonian exposition Gas Pipe (with Ingrid Ruudi and Neeme Külm, 2008) at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture; the Straw Theatre (2011), a temporary site-specific building for the NO99 Theatre built as the highlight of Tallinn, European Capital of Culture; and for their installation Fast Track (2012) for the Archstoyanie festival in Russia.

People

Maarja Kask
architect / partner

Ralf Lõoke
architect / partner

Margus Tamm
architect

Andro Mänd
architect

Helin Vahter
architect

Ragnar Põllukivi
architect

Kaisa Simon
architect

Märten Peterson
architect

Moonika Liias
architect

Martin McLean
3D designer

Marja Viltrop
interior designer

Rebeka Põldsam
communication

Awards

2016 Estonian Academy of Arts Creative Award
(Kinetic installation Face-to-face: The Story of the Baltic Exchange at the Museum of Estonian Architecture)

2014 Annual Building Project 2013 of the Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies (Viljandi State High School)

2013 Annual Architecture Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (Viljandi State High School)

Tallinn Culture and Heritage Department: Best Building in Historic Environment Award (Baltic Film and Media School)

Wienerberger Baltic Brick and Roof Award (House in Antsla)

2012 Annual Architecture Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (Baltic Film and Media School)

Tallinn Culture and Heritage Department: Best Building in Historic Environment Award (Baltic Film and Media School)

2011 Annual Architecture Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (NO99 Straw Theatre)

World Architecture Festival: Highly commended in Culture Category (NO99 Straw Theatre)

2010 Estonian National Culture Award (Sõmeru Community Centre)

Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (Sõmeru Community Centre and Open Air Exhibition Grounds of the Estonian Road Museum)

The Annual Award of the Union of Estonian Landscape Architects (Open Air Exhibition Areas of the Estonian Road Museum)

Wooden Building of the Year in Estonia: Best Facade ( Sõmeru Community Centre)

Concrete Building of the Year in Estonia: Special Prize ( Open Air Exhibition Areas of the Estonian Road Museum)

2009 Best Building of the Year in Tartu: Best New Building (Sports hall for Estonian University of Life Sciences)

Wooden Building of the Year in Estonia: Best Facade ( Sports hall for Estonian University of Life Sciences)

2008 Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (Gas pipe: Estonian Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale)

Annual Architecture Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (Gas pipe: Estonian Exhibition at the XI Venice Architecture Biennale)

Annual Architecture Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (Tartu City Centre School)

2007 Best Building of the Year in Tartu: Best Extension/Reconstruction (Tartu City Centre School)

Best Building of the Year in Tartu: Best New Building (Apartment Building in Tartu)

Built objects:

*under construction

2017* Apartment building in Tartu, Kitsas 5

2017* Apartment buildings in Tallinna, Staadioni 1

2017* Private residence in Pirita-Kose, Särgava Allee

2017 Apartment building in Viljandi, Tartu 7

2017 Anu Põder. Be Fragile! Be Brave! exhibition design at Kumu Art Museum

2016* Rapla State High School

2016* Tallinn Olympic Sailing Center Housing Development

2016 Apartment building in Pärnu, Villa 1

2016 Office building in Tallinn, Peterburi tee 2F

2016 Private residence in Nõmme, Tammiku tee

2016 Kinetic installation Face-to-face: The Story of the Baltic Exchange at the Museum of Estonian Architecture

2015 Renovation of Tallinn Railworkers Club for Vivarec interior design store

2015 NO99 café and jazz club

2014 Private residence in Haabneeme

2014 Apartment buildings in Pirita

2013 Pärnumaa Keskonnahariduskeskus Pärnus

2013 Ecology Study Centre in Pärnu

2013 G4S headquarters in Tallinn

2012 Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn University campus

2012 Fast Track landscape installation at Archstoyanie festival in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia

2012 Prisma Shopping Hall in Annelinn, Tartu

2012 Kärt Ojavee. UUO exhibition at Estonian Museum Of Applied Art And Design in Tallinn

2012 Content and Form I – Contemporary Estonian graphic design 2001–2011 exhibition design for Estonian Museum Of Applied Art And Design in Tallinn

2011 The Straw Theatre for NO99 Theatre at Skoone bastion in Tallinn

2011 Private residence in Antsla

2011 The 15th Tallinn Print Triennaal exhibition design in Kumu Art Museum

2010 Estonian Road Museum in Varbuse

2010 Sõmeru Community Centre

2009 Sports Hall of the Estonian University of Life Sciences

2009 Summer house in Otepää

2009 I Love Malmö exhibition design in Kumu Art Museum

2009 Reconstruction of a summer house in Muraste

2008 Estonian Exposition at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture: The Gas Pipe

2008 Paide Sports Hall

2008 Private residence in Aseri

2007 Tartu Kesklinna kooli juurdeehitus

2007 Tartu Kesklinna School Extension

2007 Private residence in Kiili

2006 Private residence in Muraste

2005 A-Gallery of Contemporary Jewellery interior design in Tallinn Old Town