Future of Patarei

Discussions on the future of Patarei have been held for more than ten years. Using the building complex as the Academy of Arts and several other options have been considered. The development possibilities most often discussed are the following:

  • a museum complex (the Estonian War Museum, Museum of Occupations, Prison Museum, Cold War Museum, etc.) to commemorate those who lost their lives and suffered in Patarei;
  • a cultural and spare time centre à la Telliskivi Creative City;
  • a hotel along with a yacht harbour;
  • offices and apartments;
  • a combination of all those listed.

Discussions on the future of Patarei have been held for more than ten years. Using the building complex as the Academy of Arts and several other options have been considered. The development possibilities most often discussed are the following:

  • a museum complex (the Estonian War Museum, Museum

of Occupations, Prison Museum, Cold War Museum, etc.) to commemorate those who lost their lives and suffered in Patarei;

  • a cultural and spare time centre à la Telliskivi Creative City;
  • a hotel along with a yacht harbour;
  • offices and apartments;
  • a combination of all those
  • What the future of Patarei will look like?

    Patarei developement project

    The following activities were carried out within the framework of the “Preserving memories about and of the victims of Soviet and Nazi crimes imprisoned in Patarei Merekindlus” project cofinanced from the “European Remembrance” sub-measure of the European Union “Europe for Citizens” programme:

    Patarei Yesterday and Tomorrow

    On 28 May 2015 the “Patarei Yesterday and Tomorrow” brainstorming day was held in Patarei where the participants jointly thought about the past of Patarei as a sea fortress and prison and discussed the possibilities of preserving and reviving the historical and symbolic complex. Presentations were made by Juhan Maiste, Julius Kits, Johannes Bach Rasmussen, Tiina Koskenniemi (from Suomenlinna), Merilin Piipuu, Urmas Dresen and Roode Liias. The day ended in a tour in Patarei along with Roode Liias and Andrus Villem. Number of participants 84.

    conference "Patarei Comes to Life"

    On 25 August 2015 the “Patarei Comes to Life” conference took place at Patarei’s Boilerhouse. It focussed on possible future scenarios of the building and introduced them to a wider public. The conference was visited and the visitors were greeted by Vice President of Europa Nostra Piet Jaspaert. Presentations were made by Jaak Jõerüüt, David Vseviov, Merilin Piipuu, Hellar Lill, Roode Liias, Jaak Saarniit, Triin Talk, Heikki Lahdenmäki, Liis Vahter. The presentations were followed by a discussion where all the participants had an opportunity to express their opinion. Number of participants 183.

    documentary "Patarei comes to Life"

    Within the framework of the project, the “Patarei Comes to Life” documentary that introduces the past, present and future of Patarei was completed. It was shown for the first time in the Artis Cinema on 19 January. The premiere was preceded by a seminar where an overview was provided of what has been done until today and an action plan for the future was agreed on. Presentations were also made by Editor-in-Chief of Akadeemia magazine Toomas Kiho and Head of the A. H. Tammsaare Museum Maarja Vaino. Number of participants 109.

    The following activities were carried out within the framework of the “Preserving memories about and of the victims of Soviet and Nazi crimes imprisoned in Patarei Merekindlus” project cofinanced from the “European Remembrance” sub-measure of the European Union “Europe for Citizens” programme:

    Patarei Yesterday and Tomorrow

    On 28 May 2015 the “Patarei Yesterday and Tomorrow” brainstorming day was held in Patarei where the participants jointly thought about the past of Patarei as a sea fortress and prison and discussed the possibilities of preserving and reviving the historical and symbolic complex. Presentations were made by Juhan Maiste, Julius Kits, Johannes Bach Rasmussen, Tiina Koskenniemi (from Suomenlinna), Merilin Piipuu, Urmas Dresen and Roode Liias. The day ended in a tour in Patarei along with Roode Liias and Andrus Villem. Number of participants 84.

    conference "Patarei Comes to Life"

    On 25 August 2015 the “Patarei Comes to Life” conference took place at Patarei’s Boilerhouse. It focussed on possible future scenarios of the building and introduced them to a wider public. The conference was visited and the visitors were greeted by Vice President of Europa Nostra Piet Jaspaert. Presentations were made by Jaak Jõerüüt, David Vseviov, Merilin Piipuu, Hellar Lill, Roode Liias, Jaak Saarniit, Triin Talk, Heikki Lahdenmäki, Liis Vahter. The presentations were followed by a discussion where all the participants had an opportunity to express their opinion. Number of participants 183.

    documentary "Patarei comes to Life"

    Within the framework of the project, the “Patarei Comes to Life” documentary that introduces the past, present and future of Patarei was completed. It was shown for the first time in the Artis Cinema on 19 January. The premiere was preceded by a seminar where an overview was provided of what has been done until today and an action plan for the future was agreed on. Presentations were also made by Editor-in-Chief of Akadeemia magazine Toomas Kiho and Head of the A. H. Tammsaare Museum Maarja Vaino. Number of participants 109.

    New roof of the Patarei

    New roof will cost approximately 1,5 euros.

    Media coverage

    Brainstorming day on how to use Patarei in the future (Külauudised, 24.05.15)

    Interview with Andrus Villem in Vikerraadio (25.05.15)

    National Heritage Board wishes new roof for Patarei for the 100th anniversary of the Republic (Postimees Online, 28.05.15)

    Heritage conservation experts: New roof should be built for Patarei for 1.5 million euros (Delfi 28.05.15)

    Trivimi Velliste: Development of Patarei is possible only with the help of European Union contribution and involvement of private investors (Külauudised, 29.05.15)

    “Open roof” of Patarei is not rainproof (Postimees Avalik Uudistevoog, 17.07.15)

    Wish to restore the roof of the Patarei sea fortress by centenary of the Republic (ERR 17.07.15)

    Patarei sea fortress needs investors’ help (ERR 17.07.15)

    Patarei prison needs huge injection of money to survive (TV3 Seitsmesed Uudised, 17.07.15)

    Experts: decaying Patarei prison needs fast renovation (Postimees Online, 23.07.15)

    Hellar Lill: War Museum plans to conquer Patarei (Postimees, 04.08.15)

    Interview with Trivimi Velliste in Kuku radio (24.08.15)

    Plans to open multifunctional centre in Patarei sea fortress (Postimees, 26.08.15)

    Patarei added to list of Europe’s most endangered monuments (Pealinn 10.12.15)

    Patarei included in list of Europe’s most endangered monuments (ERR 10.12.15)

    City Hour about including Patarei in the list of Europe’s most endangered monuments (Kuku 17.12.15)

    A hectare of roof needs much tin (Linnaleht 17.12.15)

    ”Patarei Comes to Life” documentary to be shown for the first time (Külauudised 05.01.16)

    History and present day of Patarei recorded in document (Postimees Online 18.01.16)

    A Ghost Town Unsuitable for Humans: Patarei Sea Fortress (Deep Baltic, 01.02.16)

    Trivimi Velliste and David Vseviov

    A moment of the conference "Patarei comes to life"

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