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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

Tallinn Arena / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid

01:00 - 12 December, 2014
Tallinn Arena / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid, © Kaido Haagen
© Kaido Haagen
  • Architects

  • 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 +15

OFIS Arhitekti Designs Cantilevered Cultural Space for Arvo Pärt Center

01:00 - 30 November, 2014
OFIS Arhitekti Designs Cantilevered Cultural Space for Arvo Pärt Center, Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti
Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti

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.

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Noa Restaurant / Kamp Arhitektid

01:00 - 20 November, 2014
Noa Restaurant / Kamp Arhitektid, © Terje Ugandi
© Terje Ugandi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tallinn, Estonia
  • Architect in Charge

    Peeter Loo, Jan Skolimowski, Kaspar Kruuse
  • Interior design

    PINK OÜ
  • Area

    544.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Terje Ugandi © Terje Ugandi © Terje Ugandi © Terje Ugandi +18

A Path in the Forest / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
A Path in the Forest / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects
Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

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OfficeUS Propose Floating Museum for Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

00:00 - 9 September, 2014
OfficeUS Propose Floating Museum for Guggenheim Helsinki Competition, Courtesy of © OfficeUS via cruises.officeus.org
Courtesy of © OfficeUS via cruises.officeus.org

When you visit the galleries of Guggenheim Helsinki, you may have to bring a life vest. This submission to the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition floats the idea of a museum over water, traveling between the ports of St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Helsinki. Proposed as a hypothetical submission to the worldwide contest, the team at OfficeUS delve into the notion of transience in the new world of architourism. The brief reads: "As a global freeport, the museum develops a completely new infrastructure, offering the strategic tax benefits of freeport art storage while enabling exhibitions of some of the most important pieces of modern art and design." Upcoming exhibits include (hypothetically) Olafur Elliasson, Yves Klein and Thomas Demand. 

Flügel Haus / Arch-D

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Flügel Haus / Arch-D, Courtesy of Arch-D
Courtesy of Arch-D
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tallinn, Estonia
  • Architect in Charge

    Viacheslav Deev
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Arch-D

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Hiiu Lõvi (HIIU) / Alver Arhitektid

01:00 - 6 January, 2014
Hiiu Lõvi (HIIU) / Alver Arhitektid, Courtesy of Alver Arhitektid
Courtesy of Alver Arhitektid
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tallinn, Estonia
  • Design Team

    Andres Alver, Tarmo Laht, Indrek Rünkla, Ulla Saar, Sven Koppel
  • Interior

    Iseasi (Edina Dufala-Pärn, Martin Pärn)
  • Area

    8500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Alver Arhitektid, Kaido Haagen

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Dynamo Wins TAB 2013 Vision Competition

01:00 - 9 September, 2013

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.”