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Tartu uni opens IT faculty design contest

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The University of Tartu in Estonia has opened an architectural competition for its new IT Centre

Planned to complete in 2019, the proposed complex on Narva road will host the prestigious university’s Institute of Computer Science; Institute of Mathematics and Statistics; and School of Economics and Business Administration.

University rector Volli Kalm said: ‘The aim of the IT centre is to become one of the leading international centres for IT education in Europe, which would contribute significantly to Estonia’s leading position in innovative IT solutions with its world-class graduates.’

Founded in 1632, Tartu is the national university of Estonia and hosts around 18,000 students. It owns around 150 buildings including four museums and a botanical gardens.

According to the contest announcement: ‘The university and city expect for the building to fit the location architecturally, be modern and timeless but at the same time be dignified worthily of its status.

‘Important keywords are big auditoriums, spaciousness, functionality, the possibility to adjust rooms according to the needs of the learners, quality of construction, maximum reliability and energy efficiency.’

Designs which integrate both passive and active energy-efficient solutions are encouraged. A 5000 m2 annex may also be built at a later date and should be included in proposals.

The winner – set to be announced in April – will receive a design contract for the project. Construction of the new building on Narva Road is expected to start in 2017.

The deadline for submissions is 12noon local time on 4 April.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Tuuli Ilula
Tartu Ülikool
Ülikooli 18
50090 Tartu

Tel: +372 7376632
Email: tuuli.ilula@ut.ee
Fax: +372 7375660

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