Dorell Ghotmeh Tane's new Estonian National Museum plans to open in 2015
The creation of the new Estonian National Museum, to be located in the city of Tartu, is testament to the quest for reawakening a pride in national identity and a unique cultural history.
The international competition for the design and execution of the 34 000 m² building, housing a collection of 140 000 objects, was launched in 2005. DGT's proposal for the ENM challenged the competition brief. Instead of locating the building on the proposed site, DGT chose to reappropriate a nearby former Soviet military base as the setting for the museum - a physically present ‘ruin' of a painful history. They believed that the new museum should play an essential role in the regeneration of the area and to do so it had to start by dealing with this heavily charged and spatially unique place.
With a sensitive implementation on this site, the National Museum becomes a continuation of the airfield - its roof lifting and expanding towards ‘infinite space' - inviting the visitor to enter into the landscape and into the heart of the museum.
DGT's design creates an open house for public activities - exhibition, performance, learning - a place of gathering and interaction, bringing people together to celebrate a rich, if sometimes painful, history.