AMSTERDAM – Reflecting national history and tradition, an Estonian fair pavilion was inspired by its peoples’ past as forest dwellers.
Made of timber, the Estonia Pavilion at horticulture expo Floriade 2012 was modeled after a koda – the name for the country’s first wooden structures from the 3rd millennium BCE. Koda translates to mean ‘place for living’ and is a combination of the words kodu (home) and koht (place). While the styles and shapes of koda have changed over time, their essential functions have remained constant and deeply rooted in the country’s culture.
‘Through traditions and customs, this dwelling unit with archaic and simple architecture laid the foundation for a complex ethos that could be called the soul of the Estonian identity,’ says architect Joel Kopli of KUU Architects.
The resulting pavilion form was a modern koda comprised of six modules in various styles. The interior was filled with light birch plywood to omit a warm, modern expression.