LETH & GORI + EFFEKTs project Art Plaza was awarded 1st prize in the international competition for a new Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn in 2008. The competition had 91 participants from 26 countries.
The building contains institutions for art, architecture, design, and art history, with workshops, labs, classrooms, cafe, gallery, library, and auditoriums – a total of 25.000 square meters.
The starting point of the project is an urban strategy that joins the many complex programs in one simple concept: A compact box with a spiraling public atrium. This concept liberates space and makes it possible to give half of the site back to the city as a new urban plaza.
The project is a collaboration with young architecture firm EFFEKT.