The state's new representative building, Rüütelkond (knighthood House) on Toompea, will be completed by 2022. After more than six years of discussions, the construction plan will be completed in August.
If everything goes according to plan, the construction work will be finished at the end of 2022. The building will be used for state events, the offices of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu and there will be an exhibition space.
Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab (Center Party) said members of the government visited the new representative building of the state in February. The preparation of the budget strategy was postponed to autumn which means there will be a delay with the building work.
Aab promised: "It is planned to have an exhibition of the Estonian state history. So, the building will not be closed [to the public] as it is possible to visit it for excursions."
In 2014, the cabinet of government decided to renovate the building. The cost of construction work and interior will be €11 million. In 2017, the project was created where it was stated the building would be ready for the Estonian Presidency of the European Union (the second half of 2017 – ed.).
Rüütelkond building got its name from the 17th Century as the landowner was Eestimaa Rüütelkond (Estonian Knighthood). From 1920 to 1940, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs worked in the building. Since then, the building has been the home for the National Library, the Art Museum and the Faculty of Liberal Arts of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Since 2016, the building has been empty.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein