Open Call: 2017 Tallinn Architecture Biennale Installation Programme

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017 is announcing TAB 2017 Urban Installation Programme Open Call, offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and build an experimental wooden folly in the heart of Tallinn. The international open two-stage competition is challenging participants to develop creative designs for a temporary outdoor installation, making innovative use of the fabrication capacities with the Estonian wooden house manufacturers. The aim is to promote synergy between emerging designers and industry.

Curators of the TAB 2017 Installation Programme, architects Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam ( say the open call is driven by TAB 2017 main topic of bio technology in architecture and urban design: “By the end of the competition, we are looking for a visionary model using principles of biological self-organization, computational material logic and the embodied algorithms of the future of bio-city for the TAB Installation Programme. The convergence of biotechnology and IT, applied to landscape and urban design is considered by many pioneers as one of the more promising future developments for our civilization. TAB 2017 will provide a showcase for the most interesting emergent actors in the field.”

The jury of the competition is led by Michael U. Hensel from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, one of the key players in the field of sustainable architecture; other jury members include TAB 2017 curator Claudia Pasquero and the head of Estonian Museum of Architecture, Triin Ojari.

The folly will be built in August 2017 in front of the Estonian Architecture Museum in Tallinn, on an all-grass area, with a flat area of 17x17m on top of a slightly elevated area. Penetrative foundations cannot be used on the site; the folly can have a maximum height of 5m and should have a lifespan of at least 23 months. Participants are asked to use local sustainable material – timber – and winners have a chance to co-produce it with local timber industry, where there is machinery available for lam-wood, 5 axis CNC milling for timber or planar surfaces, lasering, etc. The use of local industrial CNC capabilities is encouraged. Further information and terms of the competition can be found at, where digital portfolios can also be submitted until 15th October 2016 to enter the first stage of the competition.

All entries qualified for the second stage will be published and exhibited at TAB 2017. The winner will have a 10000 € budget to realise the project.


  • 15 October 2016 - I stage digital portfolio submission;
  • 1 November 2016 - II stage participants announced;
  • 1 February 2017- II stage design submission;
  • August 2017 - construction;
  • 13 to 17 September 2017 - opening with exhibition, book launch, symposium

Programme curators
Sille Pihlak, Siim Tuksam

This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "Open Call: 2017 Tallinn Architecture Biennale Installation Programme" 27 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.