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KAOS Architects convert former submarine factory into arts centre
POSTED 07 Oct 2019 . BY Stu Robarts
The building's exhibition space covers 450sq m (4,900sq ft) Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
The Kai Art Center, designed by KAOS Architects, has opened in a former submarine production plant in Tallinn, Estonia.

Originally built in 1916 to house workshops for shipbuilding, the building was used for the construction of 12 submarines between 1913 and 1917. Split across two floors, it is made of reinforced concrete and has a curved roof that gives the centre one of its most notable features – a 6m (20ft)-high ceiling in its exhibition space, which covers 450sq m (4,900sq ft) of the top floor of the building.

Discussing the original design of the building, KAOS Architects told CLAD: "The reinforced concrete monolithic frame structure of the building of early 20th-century industrial architecture is very thin, beautiful and avant-garde. The curved reinforced concrete roof and 6m high ceilings have given us the possibility to create spacious exhibition rooms with a large amount of natural light. Many elements have been left in their original state. A huge skylight in the middle of the gallery casts shifting patterns of light into space throughout the day."

The centre also accommodates a 100-seat auditorium and education space, working space for local arts organisations and accommodation for visiting curators, artists and critics. Elsewhere, there is office-space, a number of conference rooms and a restaurant with accompanying food studios in which classes and workshops will be held.

Discussing the conversion of the building, KAOS told CLAD: "We know how to preserve old buildings, but what we add is always contemporary – we are not replicating. We wish to balance functionality with preservation. Additions are discreet, yet not without careful aesthetic consideration.

"Corner strip lights illuminate the new concrete and steel staircase, echoing the existing industrialism, while the slim concrete beams of the roof have been painted a light grey colour, and layered with acoustic panels to soften the sounds. Meanwhile, other elements have been left in their original state. Also, one structural wall in one of the offices has been left partially unpainted, revealing layers of patterned and decaying wallpaper."

Karin Laansoo, director of the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, which spearheaded the project, said: "Kai is a much-needed new type of contemporary art center in Tallinn. In an increasingly active art scene like Tallinn’s, the center’s support for grass-roots organizations and an exhibition space purpose-built for contemporary art will fill a big gap. Remarkable also because of its unique industrial history and location, Kai is driven by the vision of bringing together local synergy and international collaboration."

The area of Noblessner, in which which the centre is located, was only made accessible again to the public recently, having been restricted for a century due to the military activities that took place there.

The Kai Art Center is funded by Enterprise Estonia (European Regional Development Fund), BLRT Group and Lindermann, Birnbaum & Kasela. The design process was started in 2018, with the centre completed last month.
Noblessner was off limits to the public for a century due to the military activities carried out there Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
The building was originally built in 1916 to house workshops for shipbuilding Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
The building's curved roof gives the exhibition space its notable space Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
It is located in the Noblessner area of Tallinn, Estonia Credit: Arun Urb
The building is a former submarine production plant Credit: Arun Urb
The exhibition space is located on the top floor on the building Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
The exhibition space has a 6m (20ft)-high ceiling Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
The centre also accommodates a 100-seat auditorium and education space Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
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KAOS Architects convert former submarine factory into arts centre
POSTED 07 Oct 2019 . BY Stu Robarts
The building's exhibition space covers 450sq m (4,900sq ft) Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
The Kai Art Center, designed by KAOS Architects, has opened in a former submarine production plant in Tallinn, Estonia.

Originally built in 1916 to house workshops for shipbuilding, the building was used for the construction of 12 submarines between 1913 and 1917. Split across two floors, it is made of reinforced concrete and has a curved roof that gives the centre one of its most notable features – a 6m (20ft)-high ceiling in its exhibition space, which covers 450sq m (4,900sq ft) of the top floor of the building.

Discussing the original design of the building, KAOS Architects told CLAD: "The reinforced concrete monolithic frame structure of the building of early 20th-century industrial architecture is very thin, beautiful and avant-garde. The curved reinforced concrete roof and 6m high ceilings have given us the possibility to create spacious exhibition rooms with a large amount of natural light. Many elements have been left in their original state. A huge skylight in the middle of the gallery casts shifting patterns of light into space throughout the day."

The centre also accommodates a 100-seat auditorium and education space, working space for local arts organisations and accommodation for visiting curators, artists and critics. Elsewhere, there is office-space, a number of conference rooms and a restaurant with accompanying food studios in which classes and workshops will be held.

Discussing the conversion of the building, KAOS told CLAD: "We know how to preserve old buildings, but what we add is always contemporary – we are not replicating. We wish to balance functionality with preservation. Additions are discreet, yet not without careful aesthetic consideration.

"Corner strip lights illuminate the new concrete and steel staircase, echoing the existing industrialism, while the slim concrete beams of the roof have been painted a light grey colour, and layered with acoustic panels to soften the sounds. Meanwhile, other elements have been left in their original state. Also, one structural wall in one of the offices has been left partially unpainted, revealing layers of patterned and decaying wallpaper."

Karin Laansoo, director of the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, which spearheaded the project, said: "Kai is a much-needed new type of contemporary art center in Tallinn. In an increasingly active art scene like Tallinn’s, the center’s support for grass-roots organizations and an exhibition space purpose-built for contemporary art will fill a big gap. Remarkable also because of its unique industrial history and location, Kai is driven by the vision of bringing together local synergy and international collaboration."

The area of Noblessner, in which which the centre is located, was only made accessible again to the public recently, having been restricted for a century due to the military activities that took place there.

The Kai Art Center is funded by Enterprise Estonia (European Regional Development Fund), BLRT Group and Lindermann, Birnbaum & Kasela. The design process was started in 2018, with the centre completed last month.
Noblessner was off limits to the public for a century due to the military activities carried out there Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
The building was originally built in 1916 to house workshops for shipbuilding Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
The building's curved roof gives the exhibition space its notable space Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
It is located in the Noblessner area of Tallinn, Estonia Credit: Arun Urb
The building is a former submarine production plant Credit: Arun Urb
The exhibition space is located on the top floor on the building Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
The exhibition space has a 6m (20ft)-high ceiling Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
The centre also accommodates a 100-seat auditorium and education space Credit: Tõnu Tunnel
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