The Patarei fortress in Tallin, Estonia, built in the 19th century by the Russian Emperor Nicholas I, later became a prison for those who opposed the ruling regimes at different times. It imprisoned freedom fighters, communists, Nazis, independents and of course common criminals. It was an overwelming experience to visit the place where history actually comes to you. Every brick preserves a story or a perspective on life whether today, yesterday, in prison or not.
Gagarin in collaboration with H2E and Tvíhorf competed for an exhibition concept in this 5000 sqm building that was to carry Estonian history from the last 100 years to the present and discuss ways into the future for this young state.
We are extremely proud to have been awarded the second place for the exhibition concept after Shuhei Endo in Japan. The entire design process with the team was a fantastic journey we will treasure. Thank you!