Zelluloosi kvartal: restored paper factory in Tallinn, Estonia

Driving back to Tallinn from a week-long tour of Estonia, I spotted a striking group of buildings that I NEEDED to learn more about.

Here’s what I saw:

(click for map)

After checking in to the hotel that afternoon, I went for an afternoon run, bringing my trusty point-and-click with me:

What is it?

For the longest time I thought of this as “Tartu Maantee”, because I don’t know Estonian. Of course, Tartu Maantee just means “Tartu Road”.

In truth, this is Zelluloosi kvartal (Zelluloosi quarter), a former pulp and paper factory (“endine Tallinna paberi- ja tselluloosivabrik”).

Today it is a renovated mixed-use facility with restaurants, offices, shops, etc.

Smokestack:

A view from the east:

Backside:

 

Old things:

Restless youth:

This caption is tongue-in-cheek…but it reflects a truth: the older I get, the more anxiety I feel around young people milling about…

Parting shots:

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