Beyond doubt, Karp has created the most bold examples of 1960s–1980s modernism in Estonia. Characterised by monumentalism, his designs often have a distinct Soviet feel to them. Prized on many occasions for his designs for different buildings, Karp was among the most known architects of the demised Estonian SSR.
His designs in Tallinn include – Linnahall (City Hall, 1975–1980, with Riina Altmäe), the National Library of Estonia (1985–1993), Tallinn Central Post Office (1974–1980, with Mati Raigna), Sakala center (1982–1985, now demolished), the current building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1964–1968, with Mart Port and Olga Kontšajeva), apartment houses Trummi street 21 (1968–1971) and Vilde 68 & 70 (1963–1965), etc.
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