For us, Tallinn’s rich quality is due to this marginal marine location, which impregnates the local culture with the strength of uniqueness made up of multiple combinations and references. We believe that the Tallinn Academy of Arts must match the image of the city and the Baltic sea, at once open to the public, generous and dynamic, while being also interiorised to protect creativity. For these reasons, we considered it primordial that the building should not be designed as one single mass, but rather, it should highlight and enhance the many different artistic fields that make up the Academy by representing them as connected fragments: blue islands that are both isolated from the façade by circulation areas and open to an inner sea. In our scheme, the inner void is essential. With its light natural curves, it evokes the outline of the Tallinn shoreline and contrasts with the regular oblong form of the external volume.
Salwa Mikou & Selma Mikou - Unit Master inter 16
Saint-Denis, France 2009
A coloured roof which gives reference to the lanterns of the cathedrals next to the building.
The body of the building seen from the main street shows a glazed screen façade giving the possibility for transparency in the interior gardens and under the coloured ceiling.
A visually remarkable amenity in the city centre , visible by its façades and its roof, a founding element of the project. We designed it to be both welcoming and protective, turned inwards towards inner courtyards to ensure privacy.