Reconstruction of Rakvere’s St Paul's Church

The City of Rakvere (Estonia) is organizing an open international architectural competition for the design of Arvo Pärt’s Hall by reconstruction of Rakvere’s St Paul's church and planning the surrounding area called Vabaduse Square (Freedom Square). The goal of the competition is to choose the best architectural idea that would contribute to the high quality of the public space of the City of Rakvere.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage
Genre Sacred
Country Estonia
RegDeadline 9 July 2009 GoogleCal iCal
9 July 2009
Eligibility All

According to plan, the church building which is currently used as a sports venue will be transformed into a multifunctional public building. The concert hall would introduce the works of Arvo Pärt as well as other Estonian classical music composers and other great figures of Estonian music, while also serving as a venue for seminars, training classes, conferences and a wide range of other events.

St Paul’s church in Rakvere was designed by an Estonian architect Alar Kotli as a church that would symbolize Estonia’s freedom. St Paul’s church in Rakvere is an important work among Alar Kotli’s creations as it combines the features that were characteristic of the architect’s implemented projects as well as features that were supposed to appear in his designs but were never built.

See competition brief

First prize: 156,200 EEK (~10,000 EUR)
Second prize: 117,150 EEK (~7,500 EUR)
Third prize: 78,100 EEK (~5,000 EUR)
Purchase prize: 47,000 EEK (~3,000 EUR)

Entry Fee

Questions due date: 02.07.09
Date when the winners are announced: 15.08.09

City of Rakvere (Estonia)

Official Website