KOKO architects – 15 Years

KOKO architects has published a retrospective book of their work, titled ‘KOKO architects – 15 years’, focusing on some of their most significant projects.

KOKO architects was founded in 2000 after the success of their project for EXPO 2000 in Hannover. KOKO architects has become known for their ability to design complex buildings (Fahle House, the Carpenter’s Workshop in the Rotermann Quarter) and museums (Seaplane harbour, NUKU Museum, Great Guild Hall). Last year KOKO architects was awarded the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra grand prix for restoring the hangars of the Seaplane Harbour.

The book is illustrated with photographs by distinguished photographers of architecture, and over more than 300 pages the book presents the reader with approximately 50 projects, including Metro Plaza, Tallinn TV Tower, Tallinn Synagogue, Georg Ots Spa Hotel and so on. The overview introduces the ideas behind the architecture and allows the reader to discover familiar buildings through the eyes of the architects.

The director of the Museum of Estonian Architecture, Triin Ojari, congratulates KOKO architects for publishing a retrospective book to celebrate their first 15 years – not many bureaus have published an overview of their work as a book. Yet, Ojari was not surprised that KOKO did just that – since their carrot-pavilion for EXPO, the architects at KOKO have become leading professionals in their field, always impeccably presenting their multifaceted and visually impressive work. Ojari explains, ‘Estonian architecture bureaus cover a wide range, since the market is small and clients commission very different projects. KOKO has been able to find their own distinctive path: museums and exhibitions, plus always courageously taking on structures under heritage protection. In a world where new living spaces are scarce and where often one has to repurpose what already exists instead of building something new, this in no small talent’.