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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

Tallinn Arena / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid

01:00 - 12 December, 2014
Tallinn Arena / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid, © Kaido Haagen
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Tartu University Institute of Physics / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid + Stuudio Tallinn

01:00 - 10 December, 2014
Tartu University Institute of Physics / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid + Stuudio Tallinn, © Kaido Haagen
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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

Courtesy of Alver Arhitektid Courtesy of Alver Arhitektid Courtesy of Alver Arhitektid © Kaido Haagen + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tallinn, Estonia
  • Category

  • 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

Narva College / Kavakava Architects

01:00 - 14 August, 2013
Narva College / Kavakava Architects, © Kaido Haagen
© Kaido Haagen

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  • Architects

  • Location

    20307 Narva, Estonia
  • Category

  • 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 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Kindergarten Lotte / Kavakava Architects

01:00 - 26 March, 2013
© Aivo Kallas
© Aivo Kallas

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Sports Hall Of The Estonian University Of Life Sciences / Salto AB

00:00 - 20 January, 2011
Sports Hall Of The Estonian University Of Life Sciences / Salto AB, © Kaido Haagen
© Kaido Haagen

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kreutzwaldi 3, Tartu, Estonia
  • Category

  • Interior Designer

    Katrin Kaevats, Jaan Port
  • Structural Design

    OÜ Pikoprojekt
  • Area

    4600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs