Rita Peirumaa (Estonian Academy of Arts)
Building of individual dwellings, was inappropriate in the context of Soviet ideology. Since the state could not solve the problem of scarce living space, it allowed citizens to build individual dwellings. Erecting private homes for many was the only possible solution to the problem of the absent “living room.”
Individual structures according to standard plans have not attracted any notable architectural attention. These dwellings were conceptualized as carriers of society and culture. They are monuments to individual memory. This aspect of the architectural cultural heritage has not been studied. The questions of role, meaning and value for these types of dwelling in Estonian society needs to be explored.