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Winning design for victims of communism memorial in Tallinn announced

In collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Justice, victims of repressions organizations, the City of Tallinn and the Estonian Association of Architects, Estonian state real estate management company Riigi Kinnisvara AS (RKAS) chose the design "Teekond" (Estonian for "Journey") as the winner of the design competition for a memorial to victims of communism and officers of the Republic of Estonia.

Authors of the winning design are Kalle Vellevoog, Jaan Tiidemann, Tiiu Truus, Martin Prommik and Lidia Zarudnaja from architecture firm Arhitektuuriburoo JVR OÜ.

The memorial to be built based upon the winning design consists of two parts — "The Journey" ("Teekond") and "The Home Garden" ("Koduaed"). To reach one's home garden, one has to embark on a journey, and to embark on a journey, one has to leave their home garden, reads the description of the design. The memorial depicts a difficult journey to the home garden.

"The Journey" will consist of a long, straight corridor, the walls of which will include panels inscribed with the names of victims of communism as well as blank panels to symbolize its nameless victims.

"The Home Garden" will be situated in the bottom of a hollow, in the middle of which there will be a square surrounded by apple trees planted on the hills surrounding it. A dark block will be situated on the edge of the square in front of which commemorative events can be held.

The officers' memorial will consist of a long, dark wall with an officer's figure.

The cost of the memorial's design work will come in at approximately 200,000 euros, not including VAT, while its planned construction budget is 4.45 million euros, not including VAT.

The space in which the memorial is slated to be built is situated at Maarjamäe, Tallinn, located between the districts of Kadriorg and Pirita. Inscribed on the memorial will be the names of approximately 20,000 people who lost their lives as a result of the actions of the communist regime, many of whom died far from home and were buried in graves the locations of which remain unknown today.

The design competition for the memorial was announced on March 24 by RKAS in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Justice, organizations of victims of repressions, the City of Tallinn as well as the Estonian Association of Architects. 15 design applications were filed by the deadline, of which 12 met the qualification requirements.

Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik

Source: BNS

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