Hedon Spa / Allianss Arhitektid OÜ

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Architects: Allianss Arhitektid OÜ
Location: , County,
Architect In Charge: Tarmo Teedumäe, Paco Ulman, Inga Raukas
Area: 7550.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paco Ulman

Tartu Nature House / KARISMA Architects

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Architects: KARISMA Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Martin Kinks, Risto Parve, Kai Süda, Margit Valma, Diana Taalfeld
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jaan Sokk, Taevakaamera OÜ, Courtesy of KARISMA Architects

Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Wins Competition for Railway Station in Pärnu

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Estonian practice Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS has been selected as the winner of a competition to design a new train station for Pärnu. Organized by the Union of Estonian Architects (UEA), the competition was inspired by the Rail Baltic project, a joint effort by the governments of , Latvia and Lithuania to connect the three Baltic countries with a single railway line. By selecting PLUSS as winners, the UEA hopes to not only secure the commission for the firm, but also engage them in the masterplan for the surrounding area.

Viljandi Festival Arena / ​Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid

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Architects: Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid
Location: Talli 2, Viljandi, 71011 Viljandimaa,
Structural Design : IB Printsiip OÜ, Tonu Peipman, Viljar Sepp
Client: Viljandi City
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paco Ulman, E. Riig

Tallinn Arena / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid

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Architects: Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid
Location: ,
Design: Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid OÜ, Kadri Tamme Sisearhitektuur OÜ
Area: 21000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kaido Haagen

Tartu University Institute of Physics / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid + Stuudio Tallinn

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Architects: Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid, Stuudio Tallinn
Location: , Estonia
Design: Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid OÜ, Kadri Tamme Sisearhitektuur OÜ, Stuudio
Area: 12700.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kaido Haagen

OFIS Arhitekti Designs Cantilevered Cultural Space for Arvo Pärt Center

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Awarded Special Mention “for its original concept and daring in thinking beyond the set bounds,” OFIS Arhitekti’s proposal for the Arvo Pärt Center, “MEIE AED” (Our Garden), is a combination of a pine tree, tree house, traditional house, nest, observatory, and floating bridge. A cultural center that incorporates a multitude of programs including concert space, archives, creative space, and a chapel, the building was conceived to converse closely with its forested natural surroundings.

Noa Restaurant / Kamp Arhitektid

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Architects: Kamp Arhitektid
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Peeter Loo, Jan Skolimowski, Kaspar Kruuse
Interior Design: PINK OÜ
Area: 544.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Terje Ugandi

Estonia Launches Competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu Passenger Terminal

The Municipal Government (in West-) announces an open architectural competition for the Rail Baltic passenger terminal.

The aim of the architectural competition is to find the best comprehensive spatial solution for Pärnu’s Rail Baltic passenger terminal and its immediate surroundings. The hope is to commission the construction design project for the terminal and its immediate surroundings from the winner of the competition, and the intention is to also include the winner in drawing up the detailed master plan for the area.

All individuals or groups where one co-author and representative of the design team has a certificate of professional qualification as an authorized architect can participate in the idea competition.

Kuressaare College Towing Tank / b210 architects

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Architects: b210 architects
Location: Kuressaare, Saare County,
Design Team: Aet Ader, Mari Hunt, Kadri Klementi, Kalle Komissarov, Lembit-Kaur Stöör
Area: 1460.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mari Hunt, Tõnu Tunnel

A Path in the Forest / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

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Architects: Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

Flügel Haus / Arch-D

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Architects: Arch-D
Location: , Estonia
Architect In Charge: Viacheslav Deev
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Arch-D

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

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.

Venice Biennale 2014: Estonia to Showcase the Act of Placemaking

An interior view of the pavilion. Image © Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali, Siim Tuksam

The rise of the internet has radically changed how we inhabit space. Thus, for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Estonia’s pavilion will focus on how this change is applied to the practice of architecture. Titled Interspace, the will be a single room that digitally showcases the physical act of placemaking.

Viljandi State High School / Salto AB

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Architects: Salto AB
Location: , County,
Design Team: Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke, Andro Mänd, Margus Tamm, Eva Laarmann
Competition Team : Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke
Area: 5,900 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Karli Luik

NOA Garden House / Jaanus Orgusaar

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Architects: Jaanus Orgusaar
Location: County,
Area: 22 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Terje Ugandi, Courtesy of Jaanus Orgusaar

20 Architects Listed to Compete for Estonian Cultural Facility

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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 ’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.

WXCA’s Winning Entry / Baltic Sea Park Competition

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The Baltic Sea Art Park, designed by Warsaw based design studio WXCA, proposes a series of common spaces in downtown Pärnu, Estonia, on the edge of the Pärnu River. Folk art and professional work from artists of the Baltic Sea nations will be exhibited in a collection of floating pavilions. With nine countries being invited to exhibit, including Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Finland (with autonomous Aland), Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden, the “floating piazza” is intended to act as “a platform for exchange of the Baltic Sea culture that enables integration and interaction between all Baltic countries and their artistic heritage.”