Type: Public buildings / Architecture
Location: Tartu, Estoniya
Project Team: Katerina Kovaliova, Kirill Skorynin, PMtech Group, Vlad Chabai, Yuliya Nesviatayeva, Hanna Budnikava, Elizaveta Lavrinovich, Mikhail Naumov, Pavel Nishchanka, Tatsiana Palkhouskaya, Darya Rogovtsova (LEVEL80 | architects)
The BOOK is a competitive project of the Tartu cultural center of the future in the second biggest city of Estonia Tartu. The purpose of the competition was to find the best architectural design for the building and outdoor space of the cultural centre, which suits the given location and milieu the most, forms a human-scale environment, and creates a whole with the urban space along the river Emajõgi.
We developed the project together with PMtech Group. And we managed to create a symbiosis of creativity and inventive experience on our part, and the professionalism and active participation of the PMtech Engineering team, which provided consultation on regulations, structural nuances, and project energy efficiency.
Two components form the architecture of the building: the transparent outer shell and the inner cubic structures. Our team designed the inner building base along the development line, and the outer facade of the cultural center we turned by 12° and placed it parallel to the historical axis of Kauba Street, emphasizing the integration of historical and cultural context. This arrangement facilitates a more dynamic perception of architecture, preserves more existing green spaces and creates additional public spaces in the corners of the building.
The primary entrance is planned from the side of the preserved park along Poe Street. The entrance square flows into an embankment with an observation deck. The square offers a picturesque view of the cultural center building surrounded by the existing landscape. The building has inviting public spaces on all sides, which makes it open to the city and accessible to visitors.