TAB 2019 Installation Programme Competition: “Huts and Habitats”

TAB 2019 Installation Programme Competition “Huts and Habitats” invites participants to design an experimental wooden installation in the heart of Tallinn

The Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 (, which takes place from September 11th – November 3rd, 2019 (Opening Week: September 11th – 15th), has presented its Installation Programme Competition “Huts and Habitats”, which offers emerging architectural talents the opportunity to design and build an experimental wooden structure in the heart of Tallinn.

The open two-stage competition (first stage submission deadline is November 2nd, 2018, and second stage submissions are due by January 30th, 2019) challenges participants to develop creative designs for a temporary outdoor installation in front of the Museum of Estonian Architecture, housed in one of Tallinn’s most outstanding examples of industrial architecture. The site consists of a lively pedestrian green area along one of the busiest streets, connecting the two sides of Tallinn: the harbour and the city centre.

As Gilles Retsin, Curator of the Installation Programme Competition, asserts: “The TAB Installation Programme Competition invites emerging architects and designers to design a kind of modern day primitive hut: an opportunity to research fundamental aspects of architecture. This encompasses its tectonic system and related production chain with its social consequences, but also aspects of living and dwelling and ultimately of course, its digestion by the public.”

Through the concept of the hut, the Installation Programme Competition aligns with TAB 2019’s main theme “Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty”. In fact, the topic of beauty is approached through the notion of tectonics and material organisation: the primordial composition of architecture. The installation therefore, should not be perceived as merely a small house or cabin, but more as a physical manifestation of a construction system. At the same time, it should work as an autonomous and vibrant public space that requires no disclaimer in order to be appreciated by visitors and passersby.

As TAB 2019 Head Curator Dr. Yael Reisner claims: ‘‘Beauty is not a singular idea but its plurality prevails. It is the creative role of the architect to bring profound new architectural beauties to cities, substituting alienation with widening the palate of our emotional involvement, celebrating authentically pluralism”. She suggests that each architect who participates in the competition should take a personal stance while designing the contemporary ‘primitive hut’ – politically, culturally, socially, economically and ecologically – “intuition is richer than logic” (as explains Gerd Gigerenzer, a psychologist and behavioural expert), and the driving force of architectural design is imagination.

In order to promote synergy between emerging talents and industry, participants are encouraged to consider new technologies and design strategies in relation to Estonia’s rich history of timber construction, dating back to the turn of the 20th century. With new materials and manufacturing technologies changing the way it has been traditionally used, timber is now referred to as the ‘steel of the 21th century’.

The Jury panel is composed of: Philippe Block (ETH Zurich, NCCR Switzerland), Areti Markopoulou (IAAC Barcelona) and Mihkel Tüür (KTA Estonia).

Prizes include:

1st prize
€15,000 budget for construction, TAB 2019 Symposium participation, published in TAB 2019 book, TAB2019 PASS

2nd and 3rd prize
TAB 2019 Symposium participation, published in TAB 2019 book, TAB 2019 PASS

The winner and all Second Stage participants will be exhibited at the TAB Installation Programme exhibition and published on TAB 2019 website.

For questions and further information about the First Stage, please contact by October 15th, 2018.




TAB 2019 will take place from September 11th – November 3rd, 2019
(Opening Week September 11th – 15th),
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an international architecture and urban planning festival with a diverse programme that promotes architectural culture. TAB encourages synergy between Estonian and foreign architects as well as between architects and the general public by way of creating contacts and exchanging ideas. The core programme consists of five main events: a Curatorial Exhibition, a Symposium and the Tallinn Vision Competition, all curated by TAB Head Curator, an International Architecture Schools' Exhibition and the Installation Programme. Moreover, the programme is accompanied by a diverse Satellite Programme, that consists of exhibitions, lectures, installations, architectural film projections and other events spread around the city. Tallinn Architecture Biennale is organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture.

For more information, please visit TAB 2019 website:


Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2019 “Beauty Matters: the Resurgence of Beauty”
Dates: September 11th – November 3rd, 2019
Opening Week: September 11th – 15th, 2019
Head Curator: Dr. Yael Reisner (London)
Curators' Assistants: Liina Soosaar (Tallinn), Barnaby Gunning (London)
Production: Eve Arpo, Maria Kristiin Peterson (Estonian Centre for Architecture)

Main Partners: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tallinna Urban Planning Department, Enterprise Estonia, European Structural and Investment Funds, The British Council, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Association of Architects, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Visit Estonia

Instagram: @tab_2019 / Facebook:
Hashtags: #TAB2019 #BeautyMatters #TallinnArchitectureBiennale

Press Office TAB 2019: mint LIST (Giulia Milza, Maria Azzurra Rossi)
Press Office Estonian Centre for Architecture: Katrin Tomiste

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    TAB 2019 Installation Programme Competition: “Huts and Habitats”
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Built Projects & Masterplans)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    November 02, 2018 12:00 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    November 02, 2018 12:00 PM
  • Venue

    Estonian Museum of Architecture
  • Price


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