Idea competition by University of Tartu for the reconstruction of academic building in Tallinn for the School of Law
Our entry visually connects the street and courtyard sides of the law institute. The street façade of the study building has large glass surfaces to allow natural light to come inside, creating spaciousness in the classrooms. Inside the building, the atrium extends from the basement to the roof, serving as the backbone of the house.
Triangular volumes frame the façade’s glass surfaces, creating the impression that the academic building has been folded between existing buildings. The result is a symbiosis between contemporary architecture and the buildings of art deco and functionalist style of the early 20th century. We designed a recessed entrance for the building to better connect with the city and the street level.
To create a more user-friendly and accessible space, we lowered the floor of the foyer, which is designed in elegant natural tones. The focal points of the floor plan are the library and a large lecture hall, both sharing similar interior architectural element with the foyer. There are a cosy inner courtyard and an open rooftop to relax between classes and work.
Authors: Margit Aule, Rasmus Ink, Andreas Krigoltoi, Lenne Grettel Leitmaa, Viktoria Ugur (LUMIA).