Angelina Šilova
BAUA Student Awards 2022

Estonian National Opera House extension

Master's project, Tutor: Jaan Kuusemets; Co-supervisor Toivo Tammik

Theater "Estonia" has a special symbolic meaning for the Estonian people, as it was built as the culmination of a national movement in society. Today, users of the Estonian National Opera face operational problems. The theatre building (1913), was intended as a drama theatre, making the stage too small for opera productions.

Based on results of the historical-cultural overview and the evaluation of alternative options, the construction of an extension is justified as the best option for solving the problem. The desired characteristics and goals of the new opera hall were determined in the master’s thesis, based on the study of the needs of the National Opera, the problems of the theatre’s functioning and the modern requirements for staging opera. The volume tests of the extension were performed, and a possible spatial solution was derived. As the result, an architectural project for the extension of the Estonian National Opera has been developed.

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