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The beak in Narva.
Prize-winning Estonian illusion
Project summary:
•Large surfaces, discriminating interior,
good acoustics
•Historical building environment
•Educational activities with varying
spatial needs
Tartu University: Narva College
Narva [EST]
with neither consideration to the previous city plan
nor architecture. Moreover, Estonian citizens were
forbidden to live in the city. A few buildings were
spared however, such as the Alexander Cathedral
and the old city hall. In this extremely sensitive envi-
ronment, an entirely new school was to be built – a
building with striking architecture.The twists and
turns around this project are all too many to de-
scribe here in detail, but the architects at Kavakava
finally gained acceptance for their visions, and if a
city could smile, old Narva would grin with pleasure
over the results. Directly adjoining the city hall there
is now a building that unites history and the future
in a spectacular manner, much due to the genial
facade with it’s characteristic ”beak” that from a
distance is reminiscent of how the old Narva could
have looked with an optical illusion. Being able to
contribute to a smoothly functioning academic
environment and high quality acoustics in such a
building is a privilege enjoyed by few.
The story of the Narva school’s origins is
not only interesting, it also has a moral.
It’s the story of three architects’ insistent
strivings to gain acceptance for a design
vision above and beyond the norm.
Narva College has received a multitude
of awards and international acclaim, and
rightly so. Fellert and Even Better Secern
played a lesser but very significant role
in this prestigious project – creating high
quality acoustical environments for Esto-
nia’s future talents.
The city of Narva is a unique building
environment in the correct meaning of
the word. Most of the city was completely
destroyed during the Second World War
and when Estonia was later occupied by
the Soviet Union, the order of the day was
the most brutal possible – level it to the
ground! An entirely new city was built up,
photo:madsfredrik
Architect: Kavakava OÜ
Location: Narva, Estonia
Fellert-area: 3 500 m2
Links: www.solness.ee/maja/?mid=130id=510p=4 • collabcubed.com/2013/03/20/university-of-tartu-narva-college-kavakava • www.kavakava.ee
About
culture: schools, libraries  laboratories
Planning: YIT Estonia
Fellert installer: Acoustic Balti
Type of project: New construction/renovation

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Case: Tartu University, Narva College - The beak in Narva. Prize-winning Estonian illusion

  • 1. The beak in Narva. Prize-winning Estonian illusion Project summary: •Large surfaces, discriminating interior, good acoustics •Historical building environment •Educational activities with varying spatial needs Tartu University: Narva College Narva [EST] with neither consideration to the previous city plan nor architecture. Moreover, Estonian citizens were forbidden to live in the city. A few buildings were spared however, such as the Alexander Cathedral and the old city hall. In this extremely sensitive envi- ronment, an entirely new school was to be built – a building with striking architecture.The twists and turns around this project are all too many to de- scribe here in detail, but the architects at Kavakava finally gained acceptance for their visions, and if a city could smile, old Narva would grin with pleasure over the results. Directly adjoining the city hall there is now a building that unites history and the future in a spectacular manner, much due to the genial facade with it’s characteristic ”beak” that from a distance is reminiscent of how the old Narva could have looked with an optical illusion. Being able to contribute to a smoothly functioning academic environment and high quality acoustics in such a building is a privilege enjoyed by few. The story of the Narva school’s origins is not only interesting, it also has a moral. It’s the story of three architects’ insistent strivings to gain acceptance for a design vision above and beyond the norm. Narva College has received a multitude of awards and international acclaim, and rightly so. Fellert and Even Better Secern played a lesser but very significant role in this prestigious project – creating high quality acoustical environments for Esto- nia’s future talents. The city of Narva is a unique building environment in the correct meaning of the word. Most of the city was completely destroyed during the Second World War and when Estonia was later occupied by the Soviet Union, the order of the day was the most brutal possible – level it to the ground! An entirely new city was built up, photo:madsfredrik Architect: Kavakava OÜ Location: Narva, Estonia Fellert-area: 3 500 m2 Links: www.solness.ee/maja/?mid=130id=510p=4 • collabcubed.com/2013/03/20/university-of-tartu-narva-college-kavakava • www.kavakava.ee About culture: schools, libraries laboratories Planning: YIT Estonia Fellert installer: Acoustic Balti Type of project: New construction/renovation