Spanish studio NietoSobejano Arquitectos won the contest for the Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia. A geometrical grid of courtyards, room and wooden columns finds a balance between the musical intimacy of the composer and the powerful beauty of the woodland landscape of Laulasmaa.
“The radical decision of preserving all the pine trees, generates an unexpected dialogue between the unitary structure of the roof and the playful disposition of the courtyard voids. After all, aren’t void and silence the hidden protagonists of architecture and music?” Say Enrique Sobejano and Fuensanta Nieto
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Wrapped by two long curved wooden walls that separate the more private areas, the interior space hosts the archive and a library linked to workshop and office rooms. An auditorium with a foyer that are connected to a shop and a cafe looking on the exterior landscape.
The materials relate to the warm and intimate character of the entire project. Inside walls and ceilings of white oiled pine wood, and continuous paved flooring interact with the natural light filtered through the courtyards.
On the exterior a new roof conceived as a large platform unifies the architectural proposal blending with the organic shapes of the surrounding trees.
The façades are conceived as a filter feature a changing sequence of slender columns, a free architectural representation of Arvo Pärt’s compositions. The pentagonal observation tower rises above the trees to allow a distant view toward the sea.
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Photos: courtesy of NietoSobejano