Arvo Pärt Centre to sign contract with builder on Friday ({{commentsTotal}})

"Tabula," the winning design for the Arvo Pärt Centre. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

The Arvo Pärt Centre is set to sign an agreement with builder Ehitustrust AS on the construction of the center's building in Laulasmaa, a seaside area some 35 kilometers west of Tallinn.

The signing will come one day after the Cabinet approved allocating an additional €2.2 million for the project.

The structure, designed by Spanish architects from Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, S.L.P, will cost €6.7 million to build; construction is estimated to take 14 months to complete.

"The new building will enable us to conduct various activities related to Arvo Pärt's work, housing a comprehensive personal archive and a research and study environment focusing mainly on creation and creativity," said Anu Kivilo, managing director of the Arvo Pärt Centre. "It will be new to organize educational programs and workshops, high-level concerts, and help people learn to listen to music. We hope that the center will become a place for creative meetings and obtaining new knowledge, open to anyone with an interest in music."

With a total area of 2,348 square meters, the building will house the Estonian composer's archives, a library, a 140-seat auditorium, an exhibition area, a video room, classrooms and rooms for center employees.

"We are deeply honored to have been selected as the builder for the Arvo Pärt Centre," said Kaido Somelar, chairman of the board at Ehitustrust AS. "It's a great opportunity to work together with world-renowed architects."

The work "Tabula," by architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano from Spain's Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, S.L.P, was declared the winner in an international design competition in 2014.

Initially, in plans set out in 2013, the center's new building was estimated to cost €6.5 million euros, the construction costs of which would have accounted for €5 million. The extra money was necessary to cover additional expenses incurred by the increase in construction costs and the design having proved more expensive than initially planned.

The value of Ehitustrust AS' offer in the construction tender was €6.7 million.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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