Robert Natus

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Date of Birth March 16, 1890
Place of Birth Estonia
Date of Death Mar 31, 1950 (60)
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Robert Natus was an Estonian architect of Baltic German descent. Born in Viljandi, Estonia, Natus studied in Tallinn and Riga. In 1939, Natus moved to Germany. His best known work is the current City Hall of Tallinn, built in 1932. With its red clinker mosaique façade and lanterns by the Estonian sculptor Jaan Koort, it is the most prominent building surrounding Freedom Square, and the most beautiful example of expressionist art deco in Tallinn. Red clinker mosaique was soon copied on another of Natus' well-known building on the corner of Pärnu and Roosikrantsi street, only a few hundred meters from the City Hall. This building was inspired by Johann Friedrich Höger's Chilehaus in Hamburg. Natus has also created several functionalistic apartment buildings and private dwellings. In 1920s Natus drew the general plans for garden cities Merivälja and Nõmme, both just outside Tallinn. Natus died in Bad Wilsnack, Germany.

About Robert Natus

Prominent during the first half of the 20th century; his buildings often reflected a functionalist and expressionist art-deco influence. He and Ernst Gustav Kühnert compiled the general plans for garden cities Merivälja and Nõmme during the 1920s.

Before Fame

He was trained at Riga Technical University. He received his first significant architectural commissions during the 1920s and set to work designing buildings in the cities of Merivalja and Nomme.

Achievement

His City Hall in Tallinn, designed in an expressionist style, was his most famous architectural work. He worked with Estonian sculptor Jaan Koort on the lanterns and red clinker mosaique façade, which was soon copied throughout Tallinn.

Family Life

He was raised in Viljandi, Estonia, in a family of Baltic German ancestry. He relocated to Germany in 1939.

Associations

He and fellow architect Peep Janes were both born in Estonia.

Information related to Robert Natus

  • 20th-century Estonian architects
  • Riga Technical University alumni
  • Estonian architects
  • Modernist architects
  • Baltic-German people
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Latest information about Robert Natus updated on October 23, 2020.

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