A new building for the Arvo Pärt Centre will open its doors to the public at Kellasalu in 2018. Up until now the Centre’s activities have mainly focused on the work with the archive. Our journey will continue towards becoming an open meeting place where the content of our activities will harmonise with an architectural form that suits the local natural environment. The former dwelling house that accommodates the Centre today is but a temporary solution, considering the needs of the archive and our future plans. The next step in the development of the Centre is to build a new building, the design of which would take into account the nature of our activities and the specific features of the surrounding public space.
The new building has to fit into the local natural environment and, at the same time, meet the requirements set by the activities of the Centre. In order to find the best solutions, we announced a two-stage architectural competition which was won by Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano from Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, S.L.P. (Spain). Currently the chosen design is in the development phase that will last until the end of 2015. The start of the construction work is planned for 2016 and fitting out the building by autumn 2017. The new building is planned to be opened to the public in 2018, the year that Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The heart of the Arvo Pärt Centre is and will be the archive of the composer. At the same time, the new building will enable us to significantly extend the Centre’s activities; for example, to work with researchers, organise educational programmes, hold exhibitions,conferences and film nights, and an auditorium will accommodate concert and recording possibilities. In the future, Kellasalu will be open for everyone who wishes to listen, learn and understand.