Viljandi State High School

Location

Viljandi, Estonia

Client

Riigikinnisvara AS

Size

5900 m2

Competition

2011, 1st prize

Design

2011–2012

Completed

2013

Competition team

Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke

Design team

Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke, Andro Mänd, Margus Tamm, Eva Laarmann

Awards

Annual Architecture Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia 2013

Annual Renovation Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia 2013

Annual Building Project 2013 of the Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies

Viljandi State High School was built in 2013 as the first example of Estonian education centralization reform that aims to provide equal education opportunities in modern environment for the youth living in rural areas. With Viljandi State High School project Salto combined the best practices of renovating heritage-listed architecture and followed the urban and architectural logics of the area for planning the new economical extension building. The whole project resulted with an outstandingly innovative and good-looking architectural solution for the school and Viljandi’s urban environment.

In 2013, Viljandi State High School was awarded with Annual Architecture Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia 2013;  Annual Renovation Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia 2013 as well as Annual Building Project 2013 of the Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies (EAACEC). The EAACEC pointed out the project’s excellence in combining old and new styles, the overall solution and successful collaboration of the teams working for the school extension and renovation.

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“It’s so great when people ask me how does it feel to study at the coolest high school in the country! ”

Kamilla, a student of Viljandi State High School

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“Viljandi State High School is a contemporary and inspiring studying environment harmonically combining new and old architecture while in a beautiful dialogue with the whole urban architecture. ”

Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia