Alar Kotli

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Date of Birth August 27, 1904
Place of Birth Estonia
Date of Death Oct 4, 1963 (59)
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Alar Kotli was an Estonian architect. He studied sculpture at the art school Pallas in Tartu during 1922-1923 and mathematics at the University of Tartu. He graduated from the Gdańsk University of Technology in 1927 as an architect. Among the most famous and influential Estonian architects, Kotli has created several important landmarks in Tallinn. These include the Estonian Song Festival grounds, the main building of Tallinn University, the Art Fund building and the administrative building in Kadriorg park in conjunction with architect Olev Siinmaa. Kotli has also created many experimental apartment building projects, which were widely used after World War II when there was a serious need for new dwellings. Smaller buildings were used in the 1950s as lottery jackpots. Kotli's style has varied over the years. He has designed many functionalistic buildings in the 1930s, for example - schoolhouses in Rakvere and Tapa.

About Alar Kotli

Rose to prominence during the 1930s; contributed many historically valuable landmarks to Tallinn. He switched styles throughout his lifetime, sometimes adhering to functionalism, and other times to historicism or brutalism.

Before Fame

He studied sculpture, art, and mathematics at the University of Tartu. He was a 1927 graduate of the Gdańsk University of Technology.


His most notable works included the Estonian Song Festival grounds and the main building at Tallinn University.

Family Life

He was raised in Vaike-Maarja, Estonia.


He was a contemporary of fellow architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Information related to Alar Kotli

  • 20th-century Estonian architects
  • Gdańsk University of Technology alumni
  • Soviet architects
  • Estonian architects
  • Burials at Metsakalmistu
  • University of Tartu alumni
  • Modernist architects
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Latest information about Alar Kotli updated on October 23, 2020.

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