RED BLOCK - MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER OF COMMUNISM IN ESTONIA
Honorable mention in an open competition organised by the City of Tallin in Estonia
Free Mind Award for creative thinking received from the City of Tallin in Estonia

 Project Summary:

The project strives to deliver a comprehensive design proposal for a facility focused on Communism both as a political and economical system. To facilitate this the program has been divided in two departments - The International  Research Institute on Communism and the Museum of Communist Crimes.  

The starting point was a general analysis based on presenting Communism as it was seen and experienced by many people. Seducing and promising from the outside and when already inside not logic, unsustainable, unjust and simply oppressive.

To present this the outer form of the old historic Patarei fortress-prison, an icon located centrally in Tallinn, had most of it’s openings enclosed, the walls and roofs painted with protective fluorescent paint which mostly comes in red, creating a closed shell. A red block which holds a mystery inside. Here nature as a silent witness of committed atrocities in many cases, has been practically used to subtly communicate certain feelings to the observer related with oppression, claustrophobia or hopelessness.This poetic approach created at the same time a neutral canvas to showcase the main exhibition of the Museum with it’s artifacts.

The remaining block with open windows would hold mostly office and laboratory functions within a newly established research institute whose mission would be to study Communism as complex system on an international level.

Concept: MJZ
Type: Open Competition
Date: 2018


RED BLOCK - MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER OF COMMUNISM IN ESTONIA
Honorable mention in an open competition organised by the City of Tallin in Estonia
Free Mind Award for creative thinking received from the City of Tallin in Estonia

 Project Summary:
The project strives to deliver a comprehensive design proposal for a facility focused on Communism both as a political and economical system. To facilitate this the program has been divided in two departments - The International  Research Institute on Communism and the Museum of Communist Crimes.  
The starting point was a general analysis based on presenting Communism as it was seen and experienced by many people. Seducing and promising from the outside and when already inside not logic, unsustainable, unjust and simply oppressive.
To present this the outer form of the old historic Patarei fortress-prison, an icon located centrally in Tallinn, had most of it’s openings enclosed, the walls and roofs painted with protective fluorescent paint which mostly comes in red, creating a closed shell. A red block which holds a mystery inside. Here nature as a silent witness of committed atrocities in many cases, has been practically used to subtly communicate certain feelings to the observer related with oppression, claustrophobia or hopelessness.This poetic approach created at the same time a neutral canvas to showcase the main exhibition of the Museum with it’s artifacts.
The remaining block with open windows would hold mostly office and laboratory functions within a newly established research institute whose mission would be to study Communism as complex system on an international level.

Concept: MJZ
Type: Open Competition
Date: 2018