Viljandi State High School / Salto AB

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Architects: Salto AB
Location: , 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: 5,900 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Karli Luik

NOA Garden House / Jaanus Orgusaar

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Architects: Jaanus Orgusaar
Location: County, Estonia
Area: 22 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Terje Ugandi, Courtesy of

20 Architects Listed to Compete for Estonian Cultural Facility

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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 ’s work on a wooden coastal site in Laulasmaa.

The Union of Estonian Architects (UEA) will announce the winner on June 20. See a complete list of the competing architects, after the break.

WXCA’s Winning Entry / Baltic Sea Park Competition

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The Art Park, designed by Warsaw based design studio WXCA, proposes a series of common exhibition spaces in downtown , Estonia, on the edge of the River. Folk art and professional work from artists of the Baltic Sea nations will be exhibited in a collection of floating pavilions. With nine countries being invited to exhibit, including Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Finland (with autonomous Aland), Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden, the “floating piazza” is intended to act as “a platform for exchange of the Baltic Sea culture that enables integration and interaction between all Baltic countries and their artistic heritage.”

Hiiu Lõvi (HIIU) / Alver Arhitektid

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Architects: Alver Arhitektid
Location: , Estonia
Design Team: Andres Alver, Tarmo Laht, Indrek Rünkla, Ulla Saar, Sven Koppel
Interior: Iseasi (Edina Dufala-Pärn, Martin Pärn)
Area: 8500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Alver Arhitektid, Kaido Haagen

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

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 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?

The architects and researchers that were brought together by the raised interesting discussion and questions that showed how much intertwined history (in this case, the 1960s to the 1980s) and historical ideas are still with us today, especially in a world where freedom might be just as illusional as it was back then.

Arvo Pärt Centre International Competition

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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 . 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.

The competition will be carried out in two stages. The deadline for the first stage is 22 January 2014, when the applications for participating need to be submitted. The second stage will see up to 20 architect teams complete design concepts with technical drawings.

The total prize fund for the two-stage competition is 30,000 euros, and the final results will be announced on 20 June 2014. More after the break.

Dynamo Wins TAB 2013 Vision Competition

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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 – one of ’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.”

Narva College / Kavakava Architects

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Architects: Kavakava Architects
Location: Raekoja plats 2, University of Tartu College, 20307 ,
Architect In Charge: Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil, Katrin Koov KAVAKAVA
Design Team: Heidi Urb, Maarja Tüür, Andro Mänd, Sten Mark Mändmaa, Helina Lass
Area: 2812.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kaido Haagen, Anu Vahtra

Baltic Sea Art Park International Competition

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The Museum of New Art, in cooperation with the Union of Estonian Architects and City Government, announced an international architectural competition on 1 July, to establish the Baltic Sea Art Park in Pärnu. The objective of the competition is to find the best vision in terms of architecture and planning to further develop the art park of the Baltic Sea countries. The deadline for entries is 10 October 2013, and the winners shall be announced on 15 October 2013. The competition prize fund is EUR 12,000.

According to architect Jaak Huimerind’s idea, the pavilions should be ships or vessels and according to the competition terms the floating pavilions shall be built as mobile structures, so that they could be hauled to Talvesadam when it gets cold.

More details after the break.

The Elephant House (Villa Kristi) / Vilen Künnapu

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Architects: Vilen Künnapu
Location: , Estonia
Interior Design: , Aet Seire
Paintings: August Künnapu
Elephant Sculpture: Vilen Künnapu, Vambola Mets
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Arne Maasik

Science Centre AHHAA / Künnapu & Padrik Architects

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Architects: Künnapu & Padrik Architects
Location: ,
Area: 10,130 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Arne Maasik

Snailtower / Künnapu & Padrik Architects

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Architects: Künnapu & Padrik Architects
Location: ,
Structural Engineering: TARI
Builder: Nordecon Ehitus
Year: 2008
Photographs: Reio Avaste

The Pier / Kavakava Architects

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Architects: Kavakava Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil
Year: 2011
Photographs: Margit Argus, Siiri Vallner, Maarin Murk, Tarvo Hanno Varres, Courtesy of Kavakava Architects

Villa Lokaator / Kavakava Architects

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Architects: Kavakava Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Indrek Peil, Siiri Vallner
Structural Engineer: Maari Idnurm, Juhan Idnurm EEB
Area: 197 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Paul Riddle, Martin Siplane, Courtesy of Kavakava Architects

Tartu Health Care College / Kavakava Architects

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Architects: Kavakava Architects
Location: , Tartu
Architect In Charge: Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil
Interior Design: Tarmo Piirmets PINK
Area: 6,480 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jaan Sokk, Martin Siplane

Kindergarten Lotte / Kavakava Architects

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Architects: Kavakava Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Indrek Peil, Siiri Vallner
Interior Design: Tea Tammelaan, Malle Jürgenson, Krista Lepland, Sirli Ehari
Area: 1,885 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Aivo Kallas, Kaido Haagen, Lauri Kulpsoo, Kristo Nurmis

Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition 2013

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The topic of this year’s Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition, Recycling Socialism, seeks architectural ideas and methods to envision the future of an iconic circular block-housing district in Tallinn –  (“Little Blossom Hill”). Väike-Õismäe stands apart from other similar neighborhoods in Tallinn by way of its concentric plan derived from the idea of a circle-city. The district is positioned circularly as a single, complete solution around a pond in the middle and the environment and modern-day life are still searching for a common language. More information and a video after the break.