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Inside "The Baltic Pavilion" at the 2016 Venice Biennale

07:00 - 20 June, 2016
Inside "The Baltic Pavilion" at the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

Curators Reveal Theme for Inaugural Baltic Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

04:30 - 25 February, 2016
Curators Reveal Theme for Inaugural Baltic Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, Lasnamae – Tallinn, 2016. Image © David Grandorge
Lasnamae – Tallinn, 2016. Image © David Grandorge

The Baltic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, representing Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, will explore the "transformative efforts at play" that are currently "reprogramming an inert region beyond the delineations of separate nation states." It "intends to explore the built environment of the Baltic States as a shared space of ideas." Located in Enrichetto Capuzzo's Palasport Arsenale Giobatta Gianquinto, a Brutalist architecture sports hall located next to the Arsenale, the exhibition will also be accompanied by a series of related events that will be presented in the form of a cross-section through Baltic space unfolding as "a non-linear stratigraphy."

To Think In Actual Space, With Actual Materials: An Interview with Siiri Vallner of Kavakava Architects

09:30 - 30 December, 2015
To Think In Actual Space, With Actual Materials: An Interview with Siiri Vallner of Kavakava Architects, Narva College (2012). Image © Kaido Haagen
Narva College (2012). Image © Kaido Haagen

Estonian contemporary architecture is diverse in nature. Here, one can find the spark and freshness of Danish- and Dutch-influenced architecture as well as the tradition-carrying conservatism of Nordic Modernism. A third trend that can be highlighted in contemporary Estonian architecture is a context-sensitive approach to built environment, in which particular emphasis is placed upon the historical, social, as well as spatial contexts. Siiri Vallner’s works may be classified into the latter of these three groups. The buildings she has designed do not number many, but by way of their spatial ideas and solutions they have strongly influenced and enriched Estonia’s architectural culture.

First-Year Architecture Students Design READER Shelter in Estonia

08:00 - 19 September, 2015
First-Year Architecture Students Design READER Shelter in Estonia, © Paco Ulman
© Paco Ulman

First-year architecture and urban planning students at the Estonian Academy of Arts have designed and created READER, a shelter based on the concept of removal from daily life, and focusing on oneself. Passers-by are invited to enter the shelter and “escape from the real world of problems into the fictional world of books.” And for those who don’t have a book on hand, the structure is meant to evoke the pages of a book through its ribbed wooden structure.

Estonia Launches Competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu Passenger Terminal

01:00 - 20 October, 2014
Estonia Launches Competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu Passenger Terminal

The Pärnu Municipal Government (in West-Estonia) announces an open architectural competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu passenger terminal.

Venice Biennale 2014: Estonia to Showcase the Act of Placemaking

00:00 - 1 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Estonia to Showcase the Act of Placemaking, An interior view of the pavilion. Image © Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali, Siim Tuksam
An interior view of the pavilion. Image © Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali, Siim Tuksam

The rise of the internet has radically changed how we inhabit space. Thus, for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Estonia’s pavilion will focus on how this change is applied to the practice of architecture. Titled Interspace, the exhibition will be a single room that digitally showcases the physical act of placemaking.

20 Architects Listed to Compete for Estonian Cultural Facility

18:32 - 18 February, 2014
20 Architects Listed to Compete for Estonian Cultural Facility , Project Site
Project Site

Zaha Hadid, Rick Joy, and COOP HIMMELB(L)AU are three of 20 diverse architects shortlisted to compete for the commission of the International Arvo Pärt Center near Tallinn. As part of the competition’s second stage, the selected practices will move forward with the design of a 2,000-square-meter expandable facility which will be used to house the famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s work on a wooden coastal site in Laulasmaa. 

A Recap of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013: Recycling Socialism

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
A Recap of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013: Recycling Socialism, The opening event of the TAB 2013 Curators’ Exhibition in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (a modernist/Soviet landmark highrise in Tallinn, originally built as the headquarters of the Communist Party) on September 6th, 2013. Temporary staircase designed by Tomomi Hayashi leading to the so-called Sprat-Tin Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building where the Curators’ Exhibition took place. Image © Tonu Tunnel
The opening event of the TAB 2013 Curators’ Exhibition in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (a modernist/Soviet landmark highrise in Tallinn, originally built as the headquarters of the Communist Party) on September 6th, 2013. Temporary staircase designed by Tomomi Hayashi leading to the so-called Sprat-Tin Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building where the Curators’ Exhibition took place. Image © Tonu Tunnel

Modernism and socialism formed the powerful spacio-political tandem of the 20th century that shaped much of the urban and rural environments of Central and Eastern Europe, including Estonia and its capital Tallinn. Those environments are still there - like fossils of paradigms, one declared dead, the other exiled. Today we consider them as nothing more than a collection of somewhat interesting material substances or formal oddities - after all, we would rather like to believe this era is not relevant to us today. But is there more to those fossils that we’re not examining?

Arvo Pärt Centre International Competition

01:00 - 4 December, 2013
Arvo Pärt Centre International Competition

In collaboration with the Union of Estonian Architects, the Arvo Pärt Centre has announced a two-stage competition for designing a building for the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa, near Tallinn. The aim of the competition is to find the best architectural solution for the building, which will house the Arvo Pärt archive at its core.

Dynamo Wins TAB 2013 Vision Competition

01:00 - 9 September, 2013
Dynamo Wins TAB 2013 Vision Competition, © Elina Kask. ImageVäike-Õismäe
© Elina Kask. ImageVäike-Õismäe

A team from the Moscow Strelka Institute - Izabela Cichonska, Nathan de Groot, Lindsay Harkema and Ondrej Janku - has been awarded first place in the TAB 2013 Vision Competition, Recycling Socialism. Challenged to propose a scheme for urban remediation that could diversify the concentric plan of Väike-Õismäe - one of Tallinn's three larger Soviet-era panel-apartment districts - to enhance quality of life, the winning team envisioned Dynamo: a radical plan that would reactivate the sleepy district by “recharging the ground.”

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