Rakvere Vabaduse Square and St Paul’s Church Architectural Competition

Type: Open, international
Awards: 25,500 Euros [1st prize – 10,000)
Eligibility: Architects, Landscape architects, urban planners (One team member must be a registered architect)
Languages: English, Estonian
Fees: None

2 July 2009 – Q & A period ends
9 July 2009 – Submission deadline
August 2009 – Winner(s) announced

Questions: Queries should be sent by e-mail (linnavalitsus@rakvere.ee) or fax
(+372 322 58 71).

Special conditions: A project budget proposal is required
Nine person jury inclluding five design professionals (one from Denmark)

Design Challenge:

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.

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.

For more information, go to:

Raul Järg, City Architect of Rakvere,  raul.jarg@rakvere.ee