Architect Raine Karp

Editors: Raine Karp, Mait Väljas
Graphic design: Mariana Hint-Rääk, Agnes Ratas
Translator: Adam Cullen
Publisher: Museum of Estonian Architecture, 2016
hardcover, 232 pages

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Architect Raine Karp (born 1939) is one of the most prominent and original Estonian architects in the last half-century. The current book is the first monograph published about his distinct oeuvre, comprising of housing architecture, works for architectural competitions as well as true masterworks such as the Tallinn Linnahall, National Library of Estonia and the Sakala Centre, which by now is demolished. The chronologically ordered book contains more than 80 projects and built objects, which have been completed since the beginning of 1960s up to the last couple of years. The foreword is written by architect Emil Urbel, who through personal memories sheds light into the life and work of his older colleague. Architectural historian Mait Väljas’ article looks at Karp as an assertive and uncompromising architect, concentrating mainly on his buildings from the Soviet-era. Richly illustrated with new and archival photos and drawings, the book also has parallel translation in English.

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