If you want to see the 21st century Tallinn’s architecture, you should go to the Rotermann City. This historic area is situated in the city centre.
The defining role in creating this previously industrial district in the 19th century was played by the company Rotermann Factories. Christian Abraham Rotermann founded this enterprise in 1829. Company’s fist business was a merchant court that focused on material constructing, importing and exporting. Later several other buildings were attached to the Rotermann’s property (variety of factories, plants, mills and stores). All these buildings formed the Rotermann district. During the recent years, the Rotermann factory area has been magnificently changed and turned into the most attractive quarter in the city: old buildings got new functions and represent avant-garde architecture. Now Rotermann City serves as home to a number of shops and restaurants. The quarter’s main square is often used for festivals and outdoor performances. Interestingly, some of the old factory buildings are still standing today and are unique due to their architecture. For example, the Rotermann Salt Store (constructed in 1908) is under heritage protection and is currently home to the Estonian Architecture Museum.