Elmar Lohk

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Elmar Lohk (15 June 1901 – 11 February 1963) was an Estonian architect.

Lohk was born in Vladivostok, Russia. After spending his childhood in his birthplace and in Shanghai, he moved to Darmstadt in 1921, where he graduated from the Darmstadt University of Technology in 1925. After graduation, he worked in Tallinn until 1943. He was among the main architects of Tallinn from 1928 to 1940. In 1934 he created his own architecture bureau.

In 1943 Lohk went to Finland to work at the bureau of Alvar Aalto. Soon, in 1944, he again moved, this time to Gothenburg, Sweden. There, he designed many hospitals and created a bureau in 1960. He died, aged 61, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Many of his buildings in Tallinn are now valued as great examples of 1930s architecture, for example the prominent Scandic Hotel Palace on Freedom Square. His creation can be categorised as functionalism with some influence of art deco, Chicago school and traditional art.