Always on semester holidays student of the European School of Design Vita-Viktoria Ljubimtseva visits her hometown Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.Students constantly search for inspiration, and often in strange places, yet not so often in prisons. That is exactly what she did. She visited the Patarei Sea Fortress-Prison in Tallinn. Over the past centuries the formidable fortress has had various uses – as of 1867 functioning as Russian army barracks, from 1920 onwards as a high security prison under several regimes, and from 2007 as a Culture Park.
This unique example of finest military engineering and architecture of early 19th century has finally, in the 21st century, changed from a longtime symbol of repressions and evil to a favourite hangout for the residents of the nation’s capital and visitors alike, a multifunctional place to spend one’s leisure time and have fun.