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Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Bag Victory in Contest for Estonia's Arvo Pärt Centre

00:00 - 20 June, 2014
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Bag Victory in Contest for Estonia's Arvo Pärt Centre, 1st Place: Tabula / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects
1st Place: Tabula / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects

Today the President of Estonia announced the Spanish firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos as the winner in an international competition to design a new Cultural Centre in Estonia. The Arvo Pärt Centre is dedicated to the Estonian composer and will house an archive of his work, making it available to researchers and enthusiasts at the new site in Laulasmaa.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos came first from a shortlist of 20 architects, including names such as Zaha Hadid Architects and COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. Second and third prize went to US practice Allied Works Architecture and Kavakava Architects of Estonia respectively. See images of the top three projects after the break.

2nd Place: Between Stone and Sky / Allied Works Architecture. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects 2nd Place: Between Stone and Sky / Allied Works Architecture. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects 3rd Place: Väike Sekund (Small Second) / Kavakava OÜ. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects 3rd Place: Väike Sekund (Small Second) / Kavakava OÜ. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects +7

20 Architects Listed to Compete for Estonian Cultural Facility

18:32 - 18 February, 2014

Zaha Hadid, Rick Joy, and COOP HIMMELB(L)AU are three of 20 diverse architects shortlisted to compete for the commission of the International Arvo Pärt Center near Tallinn. As part of the competition’s second stage, the selected practices will move forward with the design of a 2,000-square-meter expandable facility which will be used to house the famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s work on a wooden coastal site in Laulasmaa. 

The Union of Estonian Architects (UEA) will announce the winner on June 20. See a complete list of the competing architects, after the break.