Gallery: Striking Black NO99 Theater Is a Temporary Structure Made From...

The NO99 theater in the center of Tallinn, Estonia ranks high on our list of the coolest short-term cultural destinations we've seen up lately. Unlike another temporary theater in Estonia made from stacked wood, Salto Architects' design was constructed entirely out of sustainable straw bales and it will stay up for six months to celebrate the fact that Tannin was voted Europe's 2011 Capital of Culture. Kept in place with stacked trusses, the straw bales have been left raw as if they were still out on the field - except that they've been painted black for high visual impact.

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  1. moudan December 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Nice idea and design. Seems to be lot of work just for temporary structure – besides if plastered it can just stay where it is…
    I would like to comment on two things in the article – ,,no arrangements to cover or insulate the building” – straw is insulation it self :-). And ,,reinforce the straw bales with steel trusses” – if good quality and well compressed strawbales are used, they can be even load bearing, therefor it would not be necessary to ,,reinforce” them.
    Well done to use natural materials in public structure!

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