Baltic Sea Art Park international competition

The objective of the competition is to find the best vision in terms of architecture and planning to further develop the art park of the Baltic Sea countries.

Category Idea Competition
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Public
Country Estonia
RegDeadline 10 October 2013 GoogleCal iCal
10 October 2013 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Teams in which at least one member is an architect with a right to engineer in the European Union

The Baltic Sea Art Park shall be located in the City of Pärnu, on the left shore of the Pärnu River, in the immediate proximity of the historical Suursild, the only car bridge in the city centre. According to initial plans, the folk art of sea countries and masterpieces of professional creators shall be exhibited. Ten countries located on the shores of our common sea are represented: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, along with autonomous Aland.
According to architect Jaak Huimerind’s idea, the pavilions should be ships or vessels and according to the competition terms the floating pavilions shall be built as mobile structures, so that they could be hauled to Talvesadam when it gets cold.
“We started to like the idea of pavilions going onto water because, as it is a theme park for Baltic Sea countries, the sea and river are perfect for this. If exhibition pavilions are mobile, they could be transported to Kihnu, Haapsalu, or even Riga, if necessary, thus providing additional value to the exhibition,” said Mark Soosaar, Head of the Museum of New Art, who has developed the idea of a Baltic Sea Art Park over a long period of time with like-minded people.
According to the current vision, the Baltic Sea Art Park will be established in two parts. An aboveground part with public buildings and an above-water part with ten national floating pavilions. During the vision competition, a spatial solution should be found for the park at the upper stream side of the Suursild, as well as the garages and the historical granite pier area, and the architectural sketch solution for the main building on dry land should be submitted together with a draft for one exhibition pavilion located on water.

Edward Lucie-Smith – art historian, England (Patron for the Foundation of the New Art Museum)
Toomas Kivimägi – the Mayor of Pärnu
Kim Utzon – architect, Denmark
Pekka Vapaavuori – architect, Finland
Ilmar Reepalu, - architect-urbanist, Sweden
Indrek Näkk – architect, representative of the Union of the Estonian Architects
Mark Soosaar – art director of the Museum of New Art, Pärnu
Jaak Huimerind – architect, representative of the Museum of New Art, Pärnu
Karri Tiigisoon – architect of the Town of Pärnu

The first prize: 5000 euros
The second prize: 3000 euros
The third prize: 2000 euros
Two promotion prizes: 1000 euros

Entry Fee

Plotting boards of size A1(number up to 3) and electronically on CD (file formats .JPG, .PDF, .AVI)

Estonian and English

Submission Address
Eesti Arhitektide Liit
Lai St. 31
Tallinn, 10133 , Estonia

Announcement of the results: November 15th, 2013

The Foundation for the Museum of New Art and the Town Government of Pärnu and the Union of Estonian Architects

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