• Co-author: Tanel Trepp
  • Location: Viljandi, Estonia
  • Size: 2000m2
  • Status: completed 2013
  • Client: Viljandi City
  • Photos: Paco Ulman

Viljandi is a small town in Southern Estonia where architectural heritage stands side by side with contemporary architecture. Not far from the ruins of the 13th century castle lie the festival grounds for which KTA designed a contemporary open-air arena. With its simple forms, bright surfaces and delicate positioning in the hilly landscape the main stage of the arena creates an uplifting atmosphere for various open-air events and urban festivals.

Horizontal girders bridge the wide opening of the stage structure while interior surfaces of the stage have been covered with acoustic wood panelling which helps enhance the sound quality necessary for both concerts and theatre performances. The roof and exterior walls of the stage are covered with bright sheet metal and create a frisky dialogue with warmer wooden surfaces. A minimalist and dignified example of contemporary architecture, the festival stage undoubtedly enriches Viljandi’s colourful townscape.