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Estonian Academy of Arts

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Estonian Academy of Arts gathers the art, architecture, design and art history academys into one building, stiching into the existing urban fabric through an art plaza.

The winning scheme allocated 50% of the site for a public plaza that extends into the building and spirals up through the floor plans, creating a series of indoor social spaces connected to the various programs in the building. At the top of the building it culminates in a public accessible roof terrace.

The new academy building is situated in the heart of Tallinn. The building contains facilities for the departments of art, architecture, design and art history. In addition to the academic programme, the project includes a library, gallery, shop, conference facilities and a public plaza, totaling 30.000 square meters. Quote from the Jury Report: “The Jury voted Art Plaza as the winner of the competition because it is by far the best proposal when it comes to architectural concept, outer qualities and inner life. The project is stunningly simple and at the same time fascinatingly complex.”

 

PROJECT DATA


Project name

Estonian Academy of Arts


Typology

Cultural, Educational


Location

Tallinn, Estonia


Year

2008


Status

Competition entry, Completed


Size

30.000 m2


Client

E.A.A


Collaborators

SEA, ARUP


Design team

Tue Hesselberg Foged, Sinus Lynge, Greta Tiedje, Lyndal Brown, Laurence Aeberhard, Uffe Leth (SEA), Karsten Gori (SEA), Jan Besiakov, Lotte Adolph Bessard, Karsten Riis, Mikkel Thisted, Agata Kalnpure, Tina Lund Højgaard, Søren Marthinussen


 
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The envelope suggested by the municipal plan takes the entire site, instead the project doubles the building height creating a compact tower liberating a 4000 sqm plaza. The plaza continuous through the building creating a spiraling atrium creating spectacular panoramic views

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The atrium is one continuous space, a giant staircase from street level to the roof terrace

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Two connected worlds: a compact academic world and an open atrium with public spaces

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The building only has 3 structural elements: post tensioned concrete, floor slabs, a core with all vertical communication and a structural facade of concrete columns and diagonals. Creating completely columnless floors and long term flexibility

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