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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.

Estonian Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn, Estonia by Arhitekt11

May 13th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Arhitekt11 

Estonia’s leading educational institutions are going through a renewal process – The University of Tartu new IT centre and the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences Tallinn main building architectural competitions winning designs were announced in April 2016, both designs won by an architectural firm Arhitekt11 OÜ.

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  • Architects: Arhitekt11
  • Project: Estonian Academy of Security Sciences
  • Location: Tallinn, Estonia

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Image Courtesy © Arhitekt11

University of Tartu is the only university in the Baltic States that is represented in the international ranking „QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016“ with six specialties, including computer science and information systems specialties. The latter will have a new modern school building by 2019, bringing University of Tartu IT, mathematics as well as business students together into one building.
Architect 11 participated with an entry “Iconicum” (winning design’s visual solutions added), which was chosen by the University of Tartu and the city governance of Tartu as the best architectural solution that meets the expectations of the field and fits into the urban city scape.

The university’s new IT-centre “Iconicum” will consist of two parts, firstly the main corpus will be designed and built that could later have an additional 5000 m2 extension with a simple and logical connection.

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The winning entry’s team leader is Illimar Truverk, co-authors include Kristjan Lind, Sander Paljak and Joanna Kordemets. According to the authors the design was completed as teamwork, where all the best sets of ideas were combined into a whole.

“Our design’s target was to relate the complex with one of the symbols of the city – Vabaduse Bridge – and with the park nearby, to which an academic building would add a signified beginning or an ending” said the co-author Sander Paljak.

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University of Tartu architectural competition’s victory followed by the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences architectural competition’s win

Less than a week after the announcement of the winning design of the architectural competition of the University of Tartu IT-centre, the winning design “Phalanx” (winning design’s visual solutions added) for the main building of EASS was revealed. The authors were Architect 11 architects Illimar Truverk, Janar Toomesso, Katrin Vannas, Sander Paljak, Kristjan Lind, Hannelore Kääramees, Kaur Käärma, Siim Tiigimägi and Tajuruum OÜ landscape architects Edgar Kaare, Terje Ong and Liina Einla.

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Architect 11 partner Janar Toomesso evaluated the architectural competition victories for two important Estonia’s new educational buildings as an opportunity to contribute to the growth of Estonia’s competitiveness, because both IT and Security Sciences are areas of priority for the state as well as Europe in general. “By creating modern and innovative educational buildings, we as architects contribute to the development of our country,” explained Toomesso. He added that the concept for the EASS architectural competition is foremost inspired by the prospective users, “Young cadets who will be studying in the building are responsible for our internal security, which means that on the outside they are confident and strong characters, but inside they need to have the understanding of how to relate with its people and nation.”

As a result of the EASS main building competition, a new, modern and energy-efficient academic building will be built on its territory in Maarjamäe, Tallinn. The plot’s hazardous and dysfunctional buildings will be demolished.

EASS rector Katri Raik noted that the cornerstone should be placed approximately in a year’s time and building will be constructed in 2018. “The new building’s fundamental value is that we are going to have everything necessary needed for modern education on an area and that is the third smaller than the existing” said Katri Raik. “New rooms are designed by considering our specific nature, some of which we don’t have at all at the moment, that are precisely intended for certain activities – e.g. a sports hall, a training depot, an auditorium with a demonstration stage for combustion experiments, a simulation center, laboratories, a gym and a mat room, canteen etc. The building’s internal solution also calls for cooperation, which is one of the key issues for the specialties here.”

Arhitekt11 OÜ is an architectural firm founded in 2011. The firm’s goal is to provide the client with a solution that is aesthetically enjoyable, attune with the environment, energy-efficient and adds high architectural value.

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