Leisure spaces. Holiday and architecture in 20th century Estonia

The first overview of the rich legacy of Estonian holiday and summer cottage architecture, focusing on the most widespread building types that helped make holidays available to a large share of the population in the Soviet period: holiday complexes for state companies, hunting and fishing cabins, tent camping sites and individual summer cottages. Mart Kalm makes an introduction to the holiday architecture before the WWII, Epp Lankots writes about the various forms of state companies’ holiday complexes and Triin Ojari focuses on the significant examples of the individual summer cottages. Article by Tiina Tammet examines the holiday landscapes and garden architecture in the Soviet period. The volume also explores the meaning of leisure time and holidays in the late Soviet society – how the boundaries between public and personal space, adherence to rules and self-determination, austerity and material well-being were closely interwoven.

Editor Epp Lankots, Triin Ojari
Graphic design: Laura Pappa
Translation: A&A Lingua
Publisher: Estonian Museum of Architecture

Price: 20 euros