Estonian National Museum
The new Estonian National Museum (ENM) is located on the outskirts of the city of Tartu in the transition zone between urban and rural landscape. To emphasize the importance of the relation between landscape and building, we proposed that the ENM should be visible from the city and its surroundings, and the cultural and historical landscape in turn visible from the museum. The elevation of the building constitutes an essential part of the project, where symbol and function merge into one. This is a museum landmark that relates to and incorporates the natural and cultural environment offered at the Raadi estate, such as water, vegetation, and human structures. Globalization and democratization change the essence of national identity. We wanted the ENM project to incorporate the ideas of an architectural projection of the modern Estonian state and also the symbolic significance of a treasure vault of Estonian cultural heritage. It is designed to be regarded as a power station for developing future Estonian culture and for preserving material cultures of the Estonian people of the past. We believe ENM must have a strong modern identity with a spatial solution that differs from a conventional museum building, thus forming a monument of a new era.
Illustrations by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter.