House of Chunks
Rae Parish, Estonia
Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam
The single family house has a split personality – a minimal exterior and an opulent interior. The building consists of four chunky blocks that, like jewellery boxes, conceal their precious private interiors, allowing only occasional glimpses inside. The living and dining room as semi-public spaces are conceptually part of the exterior, housed between the blocks and separated from the scenic riverside site only with a curtain wall.
The whole building is designed based on a volumetric grid consisting of equilateral triangular prisms along the long axes of the building, creating panelisation and openings inside the chunks.