4 Tower of Noblessner (Noblessneri torn) / Tööstuse 46 / Argo Vals

Noblessner is a former industrial district between the Tööstuse Street and the sea. That industrial complex’s main focus was submarine production and maintenance. The eye-catching tower’s function was being a water tower for the industry. After the function changed it has found new life as an office building. It has window holes in the middle floor, openings to all four sides of the tall structure, poetic views It’s currently looking for a new habitants

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The Noblessner Tower (Tööstuse 46, Tallinn), built in 1914, originally served the purpose of a water tower and has also belonged to a ship building factory.

My interpretation of the building is focused on the recent past starting from the mid '90s when it was purchased by a company dealing with removal of oily residues from ships. It was a highly profitable business at the time and enabled buying this tower to be their office.

Around the millennium the company had 50 employees working at the tower office. In 2001 the building was fully renovated, has been taken good care of since and still looks spectacular in 2019. It consists of 7 floors. The basement floor has a relaxing area with a sauna, pool and gym.

The global oil market has been drying up and today there are only 3 employees left working in the tower. These three office workers occupy the 1st floor. The other 6 floors are empty without almost any furniture. The tower has been for sale for some years already, but according to the owners it’s difficult to sell it, because standards and tendencies for contemporary offices have shifted.

The intro to my piece is about the tower’s wealthy millennium period. The section starting from the second minute expresses a feeling I got from the visit and a vision for the tower´s future. I wish there would be some way to use these rooms in a public or artistic way.

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The Noblessner Tower