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KODA / Kodasema

05:00 - 9 July, 2016
KODA / Kodasema, © Paul Kuimet
© Paul Kuimet

© Paul Kuimet © Paul Kuimet © Paul Kuimet © Paul Kuimet +15

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.

Architecture deals not only with form. It is about data and material flows, the organization of resources, the mobilization of capacities; it organizes not only static things, but it is also a design of processes. It would be great to understand architecture as an agent with which to communicate processes of material space for the public in a coherent way. Architecture has great tools to present and explain assemblies in sections – plans, maps; architects are capable of processing quite complex flows of information.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +13

Estonian National Museum / DGT Architects (Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane)

05:00 - 6 June, 2016
© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +36

Niine Apartment Building / KUU Architects

05:00 - 4 April, 2016
Niine Apartment Building  / KUU Architects, © Tõnu Tunnel
© Tõnu Tunnel
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tallinn, Estonia
  • Design Team

    Koit Ojaliiv, Juhan Rohtla, Joel Kopli
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel +18

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."

Fahle House / KOKO

22:00 - 22 January, 2016
Fahle House / KOKO, Courtesy of KOKO
Courtesy of KOKO
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tallinn, Estonia
  • Client

    Koger & Partners
  • Area

    19400.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of KOKO

Courtesy of KOKO Courtesy of KOKO Courtesy of KOKO Courtesy of KOKO +13

Seaplane Harbour / KOKO

03:00 - 18 January, 2016
Seaplane Harbour / KOKO, Courtesy of Koko
Courtesy of Koko
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tallinn, Estonia
  • Area

    8000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Koko

Courtesy of Koko Before Courtesy of Koko Courtesy of Koko +17

Rotermann Carpenter's Workshop / KOKO

03:00 - 15 January, 2016
Rotermann Carpenter's Workshop / KOKO, Courtesy of Koko
Courtesy of Koko
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tallinn, Estonia
  • Area

    2700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Koko

Courtesy of Koko Courtesy of Koko Courtesy of Koko Courtesy of Koko +11

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.

Siiri Vallner is currently sharing her office Kavakava with Indrek Peil, another relatively young Estonian architect. Vallner has received several awards over the last few years. In 2013, together with Indrek Peil, Katrin Koov, and interior architect Hannes Praks, she was awarded the National Culture Award for their architectural solution for the University of Tartu’s Narva College in Narva, Estonia. She was likewise one of three female architects to be given special international recognition at the “arcVision Prize – Women in Architecture” competition in Italy (2013). I spoke with Vallner about both her work and her projects.

Kindergarten Lotte (2008). Image © Aivo Kallas The Pier (2011). Image © Margit Argus Tartu Health Care College (2011). Image © Jaan Sokk Villa Lokaator (2007). Image © Paul Riddle +7

Exhibition "Expedition Wunderlich: 11 Interior Architects"

10:05 - 14 December, 2015
Exhibition "Expedition Wunderlich: 11 Interior Architects"

Darkness, light, warmth, cold, silence and sound – the ground zero of creating space – are the focus of a mystical experimental exhibition currently open at the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn.

An attempt to speak about space, its creator and its user as a coherent whole, the exhibition acts as an intimate meeting with professionals who create the environments we inhabit. "Expedition Wunderlich: 11 Interior Architects" is only open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 hour at a time (12 pm – 1 pm).

Body Building: Main Exhibition of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2015

07:00 - 20 September, 2015
Body Building: Main Exhibition of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2015, City Form Lab / Andres Sevtsuk, Raul Kalvo, Photo by Tõnu Tunnel
City Form Lab / Andres Sevtsuk, Raul Kalvo, Photo by Tõnu Tunnel

The main exhibition of this year’s Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2015 is looking at hybrid forms of construction where cutting-edge technology and science meets the self-driven variability of material systems and where the degrees of freedom and control define an outcome of multiplicity within tolerance, trying to find a balance between the unruly and the predictable - body and building.

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.

© Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman +8

Open Call: Represent Estonia at the 2016 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 23 June, 2015
Open Call: Represent Estonia at the 2016 Venice Biennale, Estonian exposition "Interspace" at the 2014 Biennale; Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali and Siim Tuksam. Image Courtesy of Estonian Centre of Architecture
Estonian exposition "Interspace" at the 2014 Biennale; Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali and Siim Tuksam. Image Courtesy of Estonian Centre of Architecture

The Estonian Centre of Architecture has launched its two-stage public international curator competition to decide Estonia’s project at the next Venice Biennale. The first stage of the competition will close August 31, 2015, with three proposals moving onto a second stage and the winner being announced on November 10, 2015. Proposals are open to art theorists, art historians, architects, designers, interior designers, historians or curators of fields related to architecture. Entries must be in either Estonian or English and international entries are expected to include team members familiar with Estonian architecture. Although the general theme of the 15th Venice Biennale has not been revealed yet the proposal should reflect current global issues and important aspects of the ideas and practice of modern Estonian architecture.

Exhibition of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Opens at the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn

00:00 - 13 February, 2015
Exhibition of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Opens at the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. Arvo Pärt Centre to be built in Estonia by 2018 (Rendering)
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. Arvo Pärt Centre to be built in Estonia by 2018 (Rendering)

The Museum of Estonian Architecture opens its new season with an exhibition of the latest recipients of the Alvar Aalto Medal, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. Exhibition “The Window and the Mirror” opens at the museum today (Friday, February 13), providing visitors a first-hand experience of the works of the internationally acclaimed architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano. In 2014 Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos won the architecture competition of the Arvo Pärt Centre to be built in Estonia by 2018.

Hedon Spa / Allianss Arhitektid OÜ

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Hedon Spa / Allianss Arhitektid OÜ, © Paco Ulman
© Paco Ulman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pärnu, Pärnu County, Estonia
  • Architect in Charge

    Tarmo Teedumäe, Paco Ulman, Inga Raukas
  • Area

    7550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman +13

Tartu Nature House / KARISMA Architects

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
Tartu Nature House / KARISMA Architects, © Jaan Sokk
© Jaan Sokk
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tartu, Estonia
  • Architect in Charge

    Martin Kinks, Risto Parve, Kai Süda, Margit Valma, Diana Taalfeld
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Jaan Sokk, Taevakaamera OÜ, Courtesy of KARISMA Architects

© Jaan Sokk © Jaan Sokk © Taevakaamera OÜ © Jaan Sokk +20

Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Wins Competition for Railway Station in Pärnu

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Wins Competition for Railway Station in Pärnu, Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS
Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS

Estonian practice Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS has been selected as the winner of a competition to design a new train station for Pärnu. Organized by the Union of Estonian Architects (UEA), the competition was inspired by the Rail Baltic project, a joint effort by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to connect the three Baltic countries with a single railway line. By selecting PLUSS as winners, the UEA hopes to not only secure the commission for the firm, but also engage them in the masterplan for the surrounding area.

Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Structural diagram. Image Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Courtesy of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS +9

Viljandi Festival Arena / ​Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
Viljandi Festival Arena / ​Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid, © Paco Ulman
© Paco Ulman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Talli 2, Viljandi, 71011 Viljandimaa, Estonia
  • Structural Design

    ​IB Printsiip OÜ, Tonu Peipman, Viljar Sepp
  • Client

    Viljandi City
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© E. Riig © Paco Ulman © E. Riig © Paco Ulman +14