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This Abandoned Soviet Military Base Was Transformed Into a Stunning Museum In Estonia

Paris-based DGT Architects has transformed an abandoned Soviet military base in Estonia into a breathtaking national museum.

The architecture firm ditched the original location proposed by the Estonian government in its first brief, instead choosing the nearby 34,000 sqm disused hanger. According to the firm, this approach of adaptive reuse keeps the history alive while still regenerating the area in a modern and imaginative way.

Located in the city of Tartu, the new space is sensitive to its past use with subtle restoration and framework changes. Its front roof lifts and expands towards “infinite space,” – inviting the visitor to embrace the area’s eerie landscape and enter into the heart of the museum.

The museum will house a collection of 140,000 objects and will form “a place of gathering and interaction, bringing people together to celebrate a rich and deep-rooted history.”