Tampere House is the city's cultural and collaborative centre in its sister city of Tartu. Its mission is the furtherance of intercity co-operation and organisation of assorted cultural events, including exhibitions, concerts and literature- and other themed evenings.
The money for these events is raised through the accommodation services the centre provides in its modest guesthouse, which sleeps 18. In addition it has a 40-seat conference room and sauna. You can check vacancies up to one year in advance on the website's booking calendar.
Tampere House is located in the Old Town of Tartu in a wooden building constructed in 1737. Its collaborative centre was opened here in 1997. Renovation work was carried out to be as close as possible to the original design of the building, but still in line with modern requirements.
The Guest House is open from Monday till Friday from 8 am till 8 pm and the exhibition gallery wishes you welcome during the week (Mon-Fri) from 9 am till 6 pm and on weekends (Sat-Sun) from 9 am till 3 pm.
The Granö Centre is a co-operation centre in Tartu established by the University of Turku and the University of Tartu. The Centre is housed in a building designed by Alvar Aalto in 1932 as a private residence for the family of Professor August Tammekand. The Granö Centre was opened in April 2000. The Centre was named after J. G. Granö, former Rector of Turku University and Professor of Geography at the University of Tartu.
Granö was one of the six Finnish professors to be invited to teach at Tartu in the early 1920s, and he successfully advanced the interests of co-operation between Finnish and Estonian universities, for instance founding a Finnish-Estonian school of geography. J. G. Granö's son, academic Olavi Granö, was one of the founders of the University of Turku and University of Tartu co-operation centre.
Villa Tammekand is the only building designed by Alvar Aalto in Estonia. The University of Turku Foundation purchased the building from Tammekann's children in 1998, and Villa Tammekann was renovated so that it corresponds as closely as possible to Alvar Aalto's original design.
The Granö Centre of the universities of Turku and Tartu serves primarily as a base for cooperation between two universities. The Centre has facilities for accommodation, seminars and recreation.