Arvo Pärt Centre will open its doors to the public on the 17th of Octorber 2018. The Arvo Pärt Centre will be a creative meeting place for anyone interested in work and world of ideas of Arvo Pärt – the most performed living Estonian composer in the world. The core of the Arvo Pärt Centre will be the archive, which brings together the entire creative heritage of the composer and related information and documents, both in physical and digital form. With opening the Centre Estonia also celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The architects of the new building for the Arvo Pärt Centre are Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano from the Spanish architecture firm NietoSobejano Arquitectos, S.L.P, whose work “Tabula” was declared winner of the 2014 international architectural competition. According to the architects, the building was inspired by Arvo Pärt’s music, and it aimed to find a balance between modern architecture and its surrounding natural environment. Architects from 24 countries, including many renowned architecture firms participated in the architectural design competition for this building.
The architectural and constructional project were designed in cooperation with the architectural bureau Luhse & Tuhal Estonia, as Ehitustrust LTD won the construction contract and Corrente Grupp LLC was engaged in the construction of external networks on the object.
The area of the new building will be 2,348 m2, and it will house the archives, a library, a 140-seat auditorium, an exhibition area, a video room, classrooms, and rooms for the employees. Natural materials will be used for the construction – glass, timber and concrete – and the building will have modern renewable energy systems.