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ARVO PÄRT CENTRE

Laulasmaa, Estonia 2014-2018

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ARVO PÄRT CENTRE

Laulasmaa, Estonia 2014-2018

Sound, time, place
 
Time is usually considered the principle that structures musical composition, in the same way that architecture is defined as the art of creating space. However, it is no less true that the perception of an architectural work also resides in its temporal dimension while the sound is a consequence of the spatial conditions of the place in which it is performed. This dichotomy that links music and architecture - time and place - is at the origin of our project forthe Arvo Pärt Centre searching a balance between the intimacy of the Estonian artist’s compositions and the serene beauty of the landscape. Located in the middle of a dense forest with pines of great height, the proposal arises from a pattern of polygonal courtyards whose variations in size and position generate different spatial sequences. Like the reflected image of a mirror in a mirror - “Spiegel im Spiegel” - the variations of the pentagonal theme unfold into a non-hierarchical interior space, surrounded by a continuous skin that forms a dialogue with the soft topography and the vertical rhythm of the trees. The building does not have a beginning or an end, it does not have a main or secondary facade: it is perceived in continuity, admitting multiple routes. The relationship between the interior and exterior is filtered by a series of thin circular columns, which evoke rhythms of some Arvo Pärt compositions, also from the surrounding trees. The density in the arrangement of the columns as well as the degrees of transparency or opacity of the outer skin are adapted to the areas that need greater or lesser presence of natural light. A large zinc roof platform folds up on the surface of the land wrapping and protecting the interior spaces. The patterned series of pentagonal courtyards is contrasted with the sinuous curved walls, establishing a conversation -architectural, perhaps also musical- with the organic forms of the place.
 
Two unusual architectural elements are inserted into the building. As accents of a musical composition, they assume a strangeness that deeply links the project with the personality of Arvo Pärt. A minimal chapel, conceived as an abstraction of a small Orthodox temple, is located in one of the patios, as if it had been found in the place. On the other hand, a slender and light metallic helical tower rises above the pine trees to allow from the top views towards the Baltic Sea. The concrete chapel is anchored in the terrain to which it belongs, while the metal tower rises towards the sky, an opposition that leads us to two initial impulses inherent in the action of building: the will to merge intimately with the ground opposed to the aspiration to reach an impossible weightlessness.
 
The patient time of the project and construction of the building also involves the process of our own interpretation of Arvo Pärt’s work. As in a musical improvisation, unexpected findings help us uncover hidden connections. Randomly superimposing our architectural representations with the original notations for the “Tabula Rasa” score, surprising interferences arise: fragments of parallel texts, pentagrams, terrain sections, common geometries, interchangeable rhythms, suggestions that become a metaphor for the profound connections that link sound, time, and place.
 
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ARVO PÄRT CENTRE

Laulasmaa, Estonia 2014-2018

Location
Laulasmaa, Estonia
Client
Arvo Pärt Centre Foundation 
Architects
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano
Luhse&Tuhal (local architects)
Program
Multipurpose centre
Total floor area
2.850 m2
Competition team
Alfredo Baladrón, Víctor Esquivel, Victor Mascato, Juan Carlos Redondo, Paolo Russo, Evelina Vasiliauskaite
Project architect
Alexandra Sobral
Project team
Simone Lorezon, Covadonga Blasco, Pablo Gómez, Víctor Mascato, Michele Versaci, Adrián Rodríguez
Structural engineer
PIKE OÜ
Mechanical engineer
HEVAC OÜ
Lighting consultant
Ignacio Valero
Acoustic consultant
Arau Acústica
Models
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
METRICAminima SLL
Photographs
Roland Halbe
Diego Hernández (models)
Project dates
Competition: 2014
Design: 2014-15
Construction: 2017-18
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ARVO PÄRT CENTRE

Laulasmaa, Estonia 2014-2018

Magazine SÍNTESIS ARQUITECTURA nº 60. 2020
Published by Síntesis Arquitectura. Asturias, Spain
ISSN: 2530-9609
Page: 24 – 31

Magazine RIA nº 1. 2020
Published by Rakennusinsinööri ja-arkkitehti RIA. Helsinki, Finland
ISSN: 0356-0775
Page: 53 – 57
 
Catalogue ESTONIAN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS. 2019                                   
Published by Cultural Endowment of Estonia. Tallinn, Estonia
ISNN: 1736-292X
Project: Arvo Pärt Centre 
Page: 10 – 17
 
Catalogue RUUMIPILT. 2019
Published by Estonian Association of Interior Architects. Tallinn, Estonia
ISBN: 9771736449128
Project: Arvo Pärt Centre 
Page: 34 – 37

Magazine ARQUITECTURA VIVA nº 219. 2019   
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0214-1256
Project: Arvo Pärt Centre 
Page: 54 – 57

Catalogue EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE. 2019
Mies Van der Rohe Award 2019
Published by Fundació Mies Van der Rohe. Barcelona, Spain
ISBN: 978-84-941836-0-7
Page: 20 – 21

Magazine ESTONIAN ART nº 1. 2019
Published by Estonian Institute. Tallinn, Estonia
ISSN: 1406-3549 
Interview Enrique Sobejano
Page: 98 – 103

Magazine ARKETIPO nº 129. 2019
Published by Il Sole 24 ORE S.p.A. Milan, Italy
ISSN: 1828-4450 
Page: 52 – 63
 
Magazine AREA nº 164. 2019
Published by Gruppo Editoriale Motta. Milan, Italy
ISSN: 0394-0055 
Page: 48 – 55
 
Magazine ICANDELA nº 30. 2019
Published by Interempresas Media. Barcelona, Spain
ISSN: 2339-9503 
Interview Ignacio Valero
Page: 62

Magazine CASABELLA nº 893. 2019
Published by Arnoldo Mondadori. Milan, Italy
ISSN: 0008-7181
Page: Cover, 3 – 17
 
Magazine MD. January 2019
Published by Konradin Medien GmbH. Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
ISSN: 0343-0642
Page: 6 – 7
 
Magazine ARCHITEKTUR AKTUELL nº 465. 2018
Published by Architektur Aktuell GmbH. Wien, Austria
ISSN: 0023-5431
Article: Zwei Disziplinen im Gleichklang 
Author: Gudrun Hausegger
Page: 56 – 67
 
Magazine DB Deutsche Bauzeitung nº 12. 2018
Published by Konradin Medien GmbH. Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
ISSN: 0721-1902
Article: Zwischen kiefern, in küstennähe
Author: Ulrike Kunkel
Page: Cover, 22 – 28
 
Magazine WETTBEWERBE AKTUEL nº 12. 2018
Published by Wettbewerbe aktuell Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Freiburg, Germany
ISSN: 0177-9788
Page: Cover, 72 – 76
 
Magazine MAJA nº 94. 2018
Published by MTÜ Arhitektuurikirjastus. Tallinn, Estonia
ISSN: 1023-0742
Page: 10 – 23
 
Catalogue AEDES. 2017
TABULA. Nieto Sobejano Architectos Exhibition
Published by Aedes Architecture Forum. Berlin, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-943615-46-3
 
Monograph TC CUADERNOS nº 131/132. 2017
Published by General de Ediciones de Arquitectura. Valencia, Spain
ISBN: 978-84-947421-4-9 
Page: 356 – 371
 
Magazine DESIGN DETAIL nº 25. 2016
Published by Designer Publications Kerala Pvt. Ltd. Kerala, India
ISSN: 2320-2408
Page: 92 – 97  

Magazine WETTBEWERBE AKTUEL nº 1. 2016
Published by Wettbewerbe aktuell Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Freiburg, Germany
ISSN: 0177-9788
Page: 59

Magazine FUTURE ARQUITECTURAS nº 49/50. 2015
Published by Future Arquitecturas, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1885-8228
Page: 58 – 65

Magazine AV PROYECTOS nº 071. 2015
Dossier Nieto Sobejano
Published by Arquitectura Viva. S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1697-493X
Page: 6 – 21

Magazine CULTURA/S. 28.02.2015
Extra Newspaper LA VANGUARDIA. Spain
Interview Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano
Article: Arquitectura española en Aliina
Author: Ferrán Mateo
Page: 23

Magazine A10 nº 59. 2014
Published by A10 publishers. Amsterdam, Netherlands
ISSN: 1573-3815
Article: A composer’s legacy, Laulasmaa
Author: Triin Ojari
Page: 12 – 13

Magazine COMPETITION nº 9. 2014
Published by Competitiononline Verlags GmbH. Berlin, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-943823-08-3
Article: Natur als Vermittler
Author: Cristina Gräwe
Page: 25 – 28

Magazine WETTBEWERBE AKTUEL nº 8. 2014
Published by Wettbewerbe aktuell Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Freiburg, Germany
ISSN: 0177-9788
Page: 17

Magazine L’ESPRESSO. 07.08.2014
Published by Gurpo Editoriale L’Expresso. Rome, Italy
ISSN: 0423-4243
Article: Opera in Pineta
Author: Massimiliano Fuksas
Page: 125

Magazine BAUWELT nº 26. 2014
Published by Bertelsmann Springer Bauverlag GmbH. Gütersloh, Germany
ISSN: 0005-6855
Article: Arvo-Pärt-Kulturzentrum in Estland
Author: Benedikt Crone
Page 8 – 9
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ARVO PÄRT CENTRE

Laulasmaa, Estonia 2014-2018

Cultural Endowment of Estonia Annual Architecture Award 2019. Arvo Pärt Centre

Selected European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2019

Construction Project 2018 Award. Estonian Association of Architectural, Engineering and Consulting Companies and the Association Estonia Engineerss