Pirita Convent

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Architects

Ra Luhse
Tanel Tuhal
AB LUHSE & TUHAL

Location

Merivälja tee 18, Tallinn, Estonia

Size

2 313 m2

Status

Completed 2001

Photos

Kaido Haagen, Martin Siplane

Typology

Religion

Tags

Pirita, Religious, Tallinn

While the ruins of the 15th-century Birgittine nuns’ convent have always been the landmark for Pirita, the issue was taken up in 1997 to re-establish the institution and an invitation-only design competition was held. The result is a modern interpretation of the building type, which is determined by the specific rules of liturgy and cohabitation. The rooms are organized around a central atrium and there is direct access from private areas to the small and ascetic public church. The addition of an open guesthouse is also a sign of the times. A slender bell tower ensures a modest vertical accent, while the limestone finishing of all facades relates to the adjacent historical ruins.