KUMU has been one of the most monumental cultural projects in Estonia since the beginning of the ’90s. This modern construction has worldwide recognition and fits into real international dimensions. In 2008 KUMU was declared winner of the European Museum of the Year Award. Throughout the building’s seven floors it has space for permanent exhibitions, halls for big scale temporary art projects, an entertainment centre, a library, studios of local and international artists, a cinema, music arena, café, restaurant and so and so forth. It’s a real center for Estonian culture and if you have 2-3 free days in Tallinn then definitely visit this place.
The project of the building was designed and called “Circulos” by Finnish architect Pekka Vapaavuori. It was built in the slope of a natural limestone cliff and today marks the frontier between the center and periphery of Tallinn’s urban space.
It’s one of my favorite spots in Tallinn. From time to time I do KUMU tours for international groups here, which gives me the privilege of free entrance to the permanent collection and all the new exhibitions. Each time I walk through the KUMU halls and atrium I feel that there is truly something special in the air. The place is just designed to create and generate new ideas, or maybe I just enjoy the silence.