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Tallinn Architecture Biennale Postponed until 2022

Next year’s Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) has been postponed until 2022. Announced by the Estonian Centre for Architecture, the 6th edition has been adjourned “due to the postponement of the Venice Architecture Biennale as well as the uncertain times that international cultural events are facing because of the coronavirus outbreak”.

TAB 2017 Curatorial Exhibition. Image © NAARO TAB 2019 "Beauty Matters", Head Curator Yael Reisner. Image © Tõnu Tunnel TAB 2019 "Beauty Matters", Head Curator Yael Reisner. Image © Tõnu Tunnel Courtesy of Estonian Centre for Architecture + 6

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2021 Curatorial Competition

Estonian Centre for Architecture announces the curatorial competition for the 6th international Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) 2021. Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) is an international architecture festival which addresses relevant issues in architecture and delves into the present and the future of the field. TAB is intended for both experienced and young architects as well as members of the general public interested in architecture.

TAB 2021 Curatorial Competition info and brief: www.tab.ee

The general goals of TAB are:

popularising a quality built environment;
internationalising Estonian architecture – offering an international platform forarchitecture;
presenting new ways of thinking and creating a new vision in architecture.

TAB offers

Beauty Matters; Why Architecture and Beauty Need Each Other

This event celebrates two new complementary publications: the AD issue Beauty Matters and the book about the Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) 2019, on the same topic. Both take an interdisciplinary approach to the re-emerging interest in beauty across neuroscience, neuroesthetics, mathematics, philosophy and architecture. Each publication contains a different content by a different set of contributors.

ZHA & Esplan Win Competition to Design the New Terminal for Rail Baltica

Zaha Hadid Architects were selected along with Esplan from Estonia to design the new terminal of the Rail Baltic railway at Ülemiste, Tallinn. Their proposal for the starting point of the Rail Baltic line connecting Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius with the European high-speed rail network, has been awarded the first place in the design competition.

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © ZOA Studio, courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © ZOA Studio, courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects + 11

Urban Jungle Vertical Park / PART Architecture

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Tallinn, Estonia
  • Architects: PART Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  700
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Jahu Apartment Building / RAAM Architecture

© Maris Tomba © Maris Tomba © Maris Tomba © Maris Tomba + 27

Tallinn, Estonia
  • Architects: RAAM Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4780
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Tallinn Architecture Biennale Announces the Programme for TAB 2019

TAB 2019, Tallinn’s 5th Architecture Biennale, will commence with its Opening Week from September 5-11, 2019. Earlier this week, the Biennale announced its programme of events for this year’s festival, which bears the theme “Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty”. TAB is an international celebration of architecture, organized by the Estonian Centre for Architecture and curated this year by Head Curator Dr. Yael Reisner. The Biennale consists of five main events, to take place in various venues in the heart of Tallinn, as well as a Satellite Programme hosting other events around the city.

TAB 2015 Installation by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam. Image © Tõnu Tunnel TAB 2017 installation by Gilles Retsin. Image © NAARO TAB 2017 Curatorial Exhibition ecoLogicStudio. Image © NAARO TAB 2017 Curatorial Exhibition. Image © NAARO + 12

Call for applications: 2019 EKA Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Possible Futures!

The Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) is welcoming applications for the international summer school — 2019 EKA Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Possible Futures! Application deadline: 26 May.

TAB 2019 Vision Competition: “New Habitats, New Beauties”

The fifth edition of Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB 2019) (www.tab.ee), announces the Open Call for its Vision Competition.

TAB 2019, which will take place from 11 September – 3 November 2019 with its Opening Week on 11-15 September 2019, is dedicated to the theme “Beauty Matters: the Resurgence of Beauty“ and it is curated by Israeli-born, London-based architect and researcher Dr. Yael Reisner (Yael Reisner Studio).


TAB 2019 Vision Competition “New Habitats, New Beauties”
Related to the main curatorial topic, this year’s competition focuses on the east side of Kopli, part of Kalamaja, an urban area in the North of

A Super Transformer - Elering Office Building / molumba

© Kalle Veesaar © Tõnu Tunnel © Kalle Veesaar © Tõnu Tunnel + 27

Multi-Functional Lego-Like Plywood Building Blocks Create Limitless Design Solution

Out of 200 applicants, London-based Gilles Retsin Architecture won the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017 competition with their temporary outdoor installation. Participants were challenged to use the fabrication abilities of Estonian wooden house manufacturers in a new and creative way. Jury member Martin Tamke said the Retsin proposal is, “characterized by outstanding aesthetic and intellectually challenging, as it questions current beliefs and trends in architecture."

© Studio Naaro © Alina Chereyskaya © Studio Naaro © Studio Naaro + 23

Äripäev Office / Arhitekt 11

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© Tõnu Tunnel

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  • Architects: Arhitekt 11
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2739
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Baltic Station Market / KOKO architects

© Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel + 26

Tallinn, Estonia
  • Architects: KOKO architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  25000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Competition for Port of Tallinn Masterplan in Estonia

Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected as the winners of an international competition to masterplan the revitalization of the Old City Harbour in Tallinn, Estonia. Beating out an esteemed shortlist of 6 teams, including AZPML, KCAP Architects & Planners and Helsinki-based ALA Architects, ZHA’s proposal was lauded by the client for its “innovative and integrated approach to Tallinn’s maritime gateway.

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House in Pirita / Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid

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Tallinn, Estonia

Claudia Pasquero Announced as Head Curator of the 2017 Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Which Will Examine the Anthropocene

The Tallinn Architecture Biennale have announced Claudia Pasquero, Director of ecoLogicStudio, as the Head Curator of the 2017 edition, "bioTallinn". According to the organizers, a programme of exhibitions and symposia will "engage various architectural offices, artists, and scientists on the topic of biotechnology in architecture," examining in particular "the relationship between nature and the city in the Anthropocene age."

Anthropocene Island. Sludge of waste material of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2017. Image Courtesy of ecoLogicStudio Anthropocene Island. Waste material of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2017. Image Courtesy of ecoLogicStudio Anthropocene Island. Ornitological Park and Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2017. Image Courtesy of ecoLogicStudio Anthropocene Island. Air, clusters of inhabitable bioreactor cells (1x1km @0.5m/res), 2017. Image Courtesy of ecoLogicStudio + 13

Double Degree International Master’s Program - European Architecture

The postgraduate programme is a unique and innovative approach to international architectural education: it combines the idea of the classical artist journey with the intensive, interdisciplinary and project-oriented workshop tradition and team-work, focusing on acute topics generating architectural knowledge and dialogue across greater Europe between cities as Tallinn, Lisbon, Helsinki, Berlin, Dessau, Ljubljana, Innsbruck and Haifa.

Call for Applications: 2017 Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Edge/Blurring Boundaries

The Open Academy of the Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) is very excited to launch the 2017 Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Edge/Blurring Boundaries! The courses will take place in August 2017 and focus on innovative, solution-seeking, salient topics: cooperation between the natural environment and humans in nature, mapping roads and traffic to improve the efficacy of investments into public space, Estonian artistic life in the regional and international context, constructing and building large-scale, custom-dimensioned features for the elephants of the Tallinn Zoo and linking art and technology in Clay 3D printing. The teaching staff of the Summer Academy includes leading educators, researchers and artists from the EAA and partner universities.