Rotermann Quarter is a small part of the city located right next to the Old Town and will be on your way from Tallinn harbor to the city. It is a small old industrial quarter that was bought awhile back by a group of entrepreneurs with big ideas and a beautiful vision. They started to rebuild the quarter from the abandoned industrial wrecks that it was to a modern architecture masterpiece.
By today about a third of the long spanning project has been completed and what you have is a stunning mash of old harsh industrial buildings turned into beautiful pieces of art combined with modern architecture.
Historically the Rotermann Quarter got its name from the Rotermann Factories in the 19th century. The large and diverse company was founded by Christian Abraham Rotermann in 1829 to produce, import and export construction materials. Over the years the company grew and the area that we now know as Rotermann Quarter became the industrial center of Tallinn.
The most distinctive house remaining from that area is a carpenters workshop house that was given three glass towers by the KOKO architecture office. “The concept for the form of the towers originates from 20th century industrial architecture, where shapes and forms from industrial landscapes form an aesthetic compositional whole by repetition of the same three-dimensional shape” as is explained by the architects.
The quarter is a must-go-to on your visit to Tallinn.