COMPETENCE CENTRE

In the house that combines modern work environment, there are under the same roof Estonian Open Air Museum’s Rural Architecture Centre, Estonian Woodhouse Association and Cluster, Timber Club (Puiduklubi) and consortium enterprise Tehasemaja. There is an outside study pavillion with open air space created especially for trainings and seminars. Showroom-exposition ground is open for all museum visitors and partners, local people and foreign visitors.

The Centre’s architectural concept is Nordic COMPACT, an award winning project that won the title of “Pre-Fab House of the Year” in among more than 100 presented projects. Nordic COMPACT was created in cooperation with Nordic Houses OÜ and Trilog Studio architects.

“THE SAMPLE BUILDING IS AN ARCHITECTURAL WHOLE THAT EMBODIES MODERN TECHNOLOGIES AND MATERIALS AND FOLLOWS PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION.”

SA Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum`s (Estonian Open Air Museum) ex-long term board member Merike Lang has said that bringing a modern prefab house to the museum is a first step towards a new conceptual direction to exhibit 21st century. ”A sample building is an architectural whole that embodies modern technologies and materials and follows the principles of environmentally sustainable building. Why not exhibit the architecture of the beginning of 21st century now and not wait 50-100 years. Also activities of the Competence Centre, that is located in the modern building, are closely connected with museum´s own activity goals,” said Lang. „It is also remarkable that the new museal building comes to the collection of the museum as a present from Puiduklubi MTÜ. It is an act of the year for Estonian culture,” added Lang gladly.

Competence Centre as a modern museal, complements the museum´s considerable collection of rural architecture, is located on ticket-free ground right next to visitor parking lot. In addition to counseling and training it is also possible to visit the timber sector exhibit area/showroom that has been co-funded by Estonian Woodhouse Association and European Regional Development Fund via Enterprise Estonia measure “Project competition of support services of enterprises export growth”.

Lauri Kivil, Managing Director of Estonian Woodhouse Association says that Estonia has been the biggest exporter of timber houses since 2010, while 90% of the sector´s production goes out to foreign markets. It is important to value the sector and introduce it to the wider audience also in our homeland. This is the goal that the Competence Centre, created to the grounds of Estonian Open Air Museum, is going to fulfill.” Estonian Woodhouse Association celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2019 and involves about 60 members.

Estonian Ministry of Culture has acknowledged the founding of Timber Construction Competence Centre with an award of Kultuurisõber 2018 (Culture Friend 2018).

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