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Pekka Vapaavuori
location Tallinn
function museum
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The competition for the new Art Museum of Estonia (KUnstiMUseum, or KUMU for short) began in 1994, in the golden age of West European museum construction. In a Europe where national borders had become blurred, cities competed with one another for mediagenic public works projects. Compared with this superstar architecture, KUMU is definitely in a different class. Pekka Vapaavuori's architecture represents a kind of modernism founded on tradition, not sensation. Rammed right into a limestone bank, the complex appears to be circular, with the building itself forming only a small section. Most of the building is of Estonian limestone, the other two dominant fa├žade materials being patinated copper and milky glass. Via the gigantic forecourt of zigzagging ramps, KUMU is reached only after a long and gradual descent. This unhurried atmosphere continues inside the building, where the metaphor of a circle turned in on itself is perfect and cloistered isolation from the world is realized.

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A. Weizenbergi 34
Project is public!
Opening hours May - Sept Tue-Sun 11.00-18.00 Oct - April Wed-Sun 11.00-18.00
Completion 2005
ArchitectPekka Vapaavuori
Client Kunstimuuseumi Ehituse Sihtasutus
Project ID 1152
Latitude/Longitude 59°26'11N 24°47'49E
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