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Open Call: Represent Estonia at the 2016 Venice Biennale

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

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

  • Architects: Allianss Arhitektid OÜ
  • 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 © Paco Ulman

Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS Wins Competition for Railway Station in Pärnu

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

Viljandi Festival Arena / ​Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid

  • Architects: ​Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid
  • 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: Paco Ulman, E. Riig

© E. Riig © Paco Ulman © E. Riig © Paco Ulman

Tallinn Arena / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid

  • Architects: Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid
  • Location: Tallinn, Estonia
  • Design: Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid OÜ, Kadri Tamme Sisearhitektuur OÜ
  • Area: 21000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Kaido Haagen

© Kaido Haagen © Kaido Haagen © Kaido Haagen © Kaido Haagen

Tartu University Institute of Physics / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid + Stuudio Tallinn

© Kaido Haagen © Kaido Haagen © Kaido Haagen © Kaido Haagen

OFIS Arhitekti Designs Cantilevered Cultural Space for Arvo Pärt Center

Awarded Special Mention "for its original concept and daring in thinking beyond the set bounds," OFIS Arhitekti's proposal for the Arvo Pärt Center, "MEIE AED" (Our Garden), is a combination of a pine tree, tree house, traditional house, nest, observatory, and floating bridge. A cultural center that incorporates a multitude of programs including concert space, archives, creative space, and a chapel, the building was conceived to converse closely with its forested natural surroundings.

Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti

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.

Kuressaare College Towing Tank / b210 architects

  • Architects: b210 architects
  • Location: Kuressaare, Saare County, Estonia
  • Design Team: Aet Ader, Mari Hunt, Kadri Klementi, Kalle Komissarov, Lembit-Kaur Stöör
  • Area: 1460.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mari Hunt, Tõnu Tunnel

© Mari Hunt © Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel

A Path in the Forest / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

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Flügel Haus / Arch-D

  • Architects: Arch-D
  • Location: Tallinn, Estonia
  • Architect In Charge: Viacheslav Deev
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Arch-D

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Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Bag Victory in Contest for Estonia's Arvo Pärt Centre

Today the President of Estonia announced the Spanish firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos as the winner in an international competition to design a new Cultural Centre in Estonia. The Arvo Pärt Centre is dedicated to the Estonian composer and will house an archive of his work, making it available to researchers and enthusiasts at the new site in Laulasmaa.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos came first from a shortlist of 20 architects, including names such as Zaha Hadid Architects and COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. Second and third prize went to US practice Allied Works Architecture and Kavakava Architects of Estonia respectively. See images of the top three projects after the break.

2nd Place: Between Stone and Sky / Allied Works Architecture. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects 2nd Place: Between Stone and Sky / Allied Works Architecture. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects 3rd Place: Väike Sekund (Small Second) / Kavakava OÜ. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects 3rd Place: Väike Sekund (Small Second) / Kavakava OÜ. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects

Venice Biennale 2014: Estonia to Showcase the Act of Placemaking

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.

Viljandi State High School / Salto AB

  • Architects: Salto AB
  • Location: Viljandi, Viljandi County, Estonia
  • Design Team: Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke, Andro Mänd, Margus Tamm, Eva Laarmann
  • Competition Team : Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke
  • Area: 5900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Karli Luik

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NOA Garden House / Jaanus Orgusaar

© Terje Ugandi
© Terje Ugandi
  • Architects: Jaanus Orgusaar
  • Location: Ida-Viru County, Estonia
  • Area: 22.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Terje Ugandi , Courtesy of Jaanus Orgusaar

© Terje Ugandi Construction Process. Image Courtesy of Jaanus Orgusaar Construction Process. Image Courtesy of Jaanus Orgusaar Construction Process. Image Courtesy of Jaanus Orgusaar