Location: Tallinn, Estonia (map)
Client: University of Tallinn
Size: 4000 m2
Competition: 2009, 1st prize
Competition team: SALTO architects Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke
Design team: SALTO architects Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke, Pelle-Sten Viiburg, Kristiina Arusoo
Interior design: VLS
Annual Architecture Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia 2012.
Urban space belongs to the public, whereas a building is private property. Thus the outer shell of the building may be taken as public property as well. One of our aims was to focus on this outer shell, to use it as an integrating device. Aside of the main program, one very important task of the BFM building was to organize the Tallinn University campus courtyard, consisting of several densely located building volumes randomly developed over time. The BFM as the latest addition tries to integrate the area, creating a participatory space instead of designing an image or a facade.
The building program is very specific, consisting of shooting pavilions on the lower floors and small office spaces and editing rooms on the upper floors. The inclined floor of the cinema forms the inclined roof of the exterior stage. The stage works as a main entrance to the building, as a terrace for the cafe, and as a gathering space in front of the atrium. The stage is the element in function of decorum but at the same time it is an essential part of structure and functional program.