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Estonia Academy of Art

Talin, Estonia

2008

A competition entry for the 287,000 sq. ft. Estonian Academy of the Arts. The building was broken into three visually distinct but joined masses to make phased construction, which was a requirement, possible. The facades, apertures, and large courtyard manifolds of this project were designed using the software package Alias Studio, which is typically used for automotive design.  The interdisciplinary use of such tools allowed the facade to be tautly wrapped in what the automotive industry refers to as “Class-A” surfaces—surfaces which produce the maximum (maximal?) aesthetic effect with minimal mathematical description.  The facade contains both purely aesthetic fluid ripples and contours, as well as performative scoops, tunnels, and vents that funnel fresh air to all areas of the building.