The closing ceremony of the design contest for the Building of the Arvo Pärt Centre is going to be held on Friday, 20 June 2014 at 13.00, in the Museum of Estonian Architecture (Tallinn, Ahtri 2).
There will be announcing the recipients of awards of the contest and will also be opening an exhibition providing an overview of all competition works.
The Arvo Pärt Centre
The Union of Estonian Architects
On 25 November 2013, the Arvo Pärt Centre, in collaboration with the Union of Estonian Architects (UEA), announced an international two-stage design contest to build the Arvo Pärt Centre, near Tallinn, in Laulasmaa.
The aim of the competition was to find the best architectural solution for the building, the heart of which will be home to the Arvo Pärt archive.
The prize fund for the two-stage design contest included EUR 30,000, of which the main prize was funded by the Estonian Cultural Endowment. The competition was held in two stages.
In the first stage, the term for submitting participation applications was 22 January 2014. The applications were then evaluated and the jury selected 20 participants to proceed on to the second stage, where they had to present a thorough vision of the building for the new centre in the form of a sample sketch.
By the term, 71 applications to participate had been submitted. Based on the ranking of the first stage’s evaluation results, the following participants were selected for the second stage of the design contest (listed alphabetically):
1. Allied Works Architecture, USA
2. Alver Arhitektid OÜ, Estonia
3. Arhitektibüroo Emil Urbel, Estonia
4. AZPML, United Kingdom
5. Claudio Silvestrin Architects, United Kingdom
6. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Austria
7. Henning Larsen Architects, Denmark
8. Jensen & Skodvin Arkitekter AS, Norway
9. Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden
10. Kavakava OÜ, Estonia
11. KOKO Arhitektid OÜ, Estonia
12. Kolm Pluss Üks OÜ, Estonia
13. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos SLP, Spain
14. OFFICE Kersten Keers David van Severen, Belgium
15. OFIS arhitekti, Slovenia
16. Rick Joy Architects, USA
17. Salto AB OÜ, Estonia
18. schneider+Schumacher Planungsgesellschaft, Germany
19. Stuudio Tallinn OÜ, Estonia
20. Zaha Hadid Architects, United Kingdom
The second stage of the competition opened on 1 March, and the term for submitting the works was 30 May.
Alltogether 17 design proposals were submitted.
The jury was International and consisted of:
Michael Pärt from the Arvo Pärt Centre Foundation (chairman);
Sou Fujimoto from Sou Fujimoto Architects, Japan;
Peeter Pere from the Union of Estonian Architects;
Ra Luhse from the Union of Estonian Architects; and
Peep Jänes from the Union of Estonian Architects.
Madis Kolk, senior producer with the State Concert Institute Eesti Kontsert;
Kadri Tillemann, chairman of the council of Keila Rural Municipality Government;
More information: www.arhliit.ee/apc
The Arvo Pärt Centre was founded in 2010 by Arvo Pärt and his family with the aim of creating opportunities for preserving and researching the creative heritage of the composer in his native land, Estonia. The centre is situated in Laulasmaa, 35 km from Tallinn, on a peninsula with magnificent natural surroundings within a pine forest near the sea.
The archive of the Arvo Pärt Centre brings together the entire creative legacy of the composer and related information and documents, both in physical and digital form.
The building of the Arvo Pärt Centre will be located in Laulasmaa, on the Lohusalu peninsula. The heart of the centre is the Arvo Pärt archive and the new building can accommodate visitors and researchers.