New Art Academy Site Picked ({{commentsTotal}})

Demolition of the old building in 2010
Demolition of the old building in 2010 Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

The drawn-out process of finding a new home for the Art Academy seems to be coming to an end, as the Cabinet approved funding for construction a week ago and a location was agreed on yesterday.

The academy signed an agreement with State Real Estate on Wednesday to develop a former factory near the train station in central Tallinn, the academy said in a press release.

The institution's rector Signe Kivi said three factors determined the choice, including the absence of any legal hurdles, the location and the quick construction time.

The academy's previous main building was in the city center, across the road from the Viru shopping complex, but legal problems delayed construction at that site and funding was withdrawn.

The 11,500 square meter building is expected to cost between 25 and 30 million euros and to open its doors in 2016.