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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Tallinn Music High School, Ballet School and Georg Otsa Music School in Estonia by Atelier Thomas Pucher

July 19th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier Thomas Pucher

The key concept was to create not only a building but also a new meaningful city space connecting the people, the place, its history and their music. The building delimits the boundaries of the plot, enclosing an expanse of green at its core: a garden that is urban yet isolated from the hubbub of the city.

Bird Eye View (Image Courtesy Thomas Pucher)

  • Architects:Atelier Thomas Pucher
  • Project:Tallinn Music High School, Ballet School and Georg Otsa Music School
  • Location:Tallinn, Estonia
  • Design Team: Thomas Pucher, Klaus Hohsner, Gustav Ibing, Daniel Kotrasch, Magdalena Kraska, Robert Lamprecht, Martin Mathy, Martin McLean, Dorota Nagowska, Erich Ranegger, Jan Schrader, Elisabeth Weber.
  • Acoustical Engineering: BBM MÜLLER

Aerial View (Image Courtesy Thomas Pucher)

  • Construction sum:€ 45 million
  • Status: Completion 2016
  • Competition:2011, 1st prize in open international competition
  • Area: 18 200 m² GFA
  • Main Materials: Concrete, Stone, Glass
  • Renderings: Jan Schrader, Martin Mathy.
  • Photographer: Thomas Pucher

Facade (Image Courtesy Thomas Pucher)


  • NFA: 14.000 m²
  • GFA: 24.600 m²
  • Garden: 3 600 m²
  • Parking: 250 cars


Interior perspective (Image Courtesy Thomas Pucher)

The garden is designed to be a magical and untouched space, a wild forest open to the people but protected by the building. This fairytale atmosphere is reinforced by scenic elements: by steps, trailing roses and hidden woodland paths. The garden also forms part of the life of the building, offering the flexibility to host performances of various sizes. The large staircase, reminiscent of the Malaparte house, leads from the garden up to roof level. It also provides a perfect place for sitting, relaxing or for seating people during open-air performances.

Interior perspective (Image Courtesy Thomas Pucher)

Flexibility of space is one of the major themes in the functional concept, responding to the challenging and varied programme of the building. More public areas—such as the concert halls—are oriented towards the street, while the music room and dormitory rooms benefit from the silence and tranquillity of the garden. The structure also allows new interior configurations, thus accommodating the school’s potential demands of the future. The spatial organization of the buildings emphasises the omnipresence of the garden, with glazed façades forging a strong connection between the interior and nature.

Roof (Image Courtesy Thomas Pucher)

Interior perspective (Image Courtesy Thomas Pucher)

Situation plan






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