Cultural Endowment of Estonia in architecture / restoration / reconstruction 2019 winner
Location
Lossiplats 3, Haapsalu
Architecture
Margit Argus, Margit Aule, Elo Liina Kaivo, Laura Ojala (KAOS Arhitektid)
Conservation
Elo Sova (Vana Tallinn)
Landscape Architecture
Kristiina Hellström
Total Area
4200m2
Completed
2019
Commissioned by
SA Haapsalu ja Läänemaa Muuseumid
Constructor
Restor
Photos
Vendo Jugapuu, Tõnu Tunnel

Cooperation with KAOS architects was highly constructive and pleasant. They worked on the main castle project for four years – from the architecture competition to the final changes in the design documentation immediately before the opening of the museum. Dating back to mid-13th century and marked by numerous destructions and reconstructions, the main castle building is a complex object for renovation. Finding a good balance between the historic ruins and the new contemporary layer was one of the trickiest tasks in the given project. The sensitive approach taken by the architects provided the 700-year-old Haapsalu Castle with a dignified new layer that does not dominate the historic volume but only complements it.
Kaire Tooming / Head of Haapsalu Castle Museum