Pilgrims' House

Neighboring the ruins of a 14th-century castle, Pilgrims' House gives the medieval architecture a modern juxtaposition. The structure is located in south-eastern Estonia on the site of a 1353 miracle. Nestled into a hillside, the new construction is an addition to the fortress, which now acts as an exhibit for the medieval mode of living. It takes cues from its neighbor with a modest use of windows and a weathered steel facade that resembles the hues of the caste's exterior. The interior depicts a contemporary refuge for pilgrims with dark brick floors, white walls, and archaic-style brass chandlers. Its minimalist atmosphere allows guests to reflect while at the sacred locale.

Photos: Terje Ugandi / KAOS Architects

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