Tallinn Architecture Biennale

The Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2017 curatorial and organising team is happy to announce that 16 architects and/or teams have been selected to proceed to the second stage of the TAB 2017 Urban Installation Programme competition. The international jury of the competition received 200 portfolios from emerging architectural talent who were looking to design and build an experimental wooden folly in the heart of Tallinn in August 2017.

The teams and architects selected for the 2nd round of the competition, are: 
  • APPAREIL (Spain)
  • A-TEAM (Russia)
  • Belen Torres and David Andres Leon (Denmark)
  • Tom Svilans (Innochain Phd at CITA), Paul Poinet (Innochain Phd at CITA) (Denmark) 
  • E&L (Sweden)
  • FLOW Architecture (UK)
  • Gilles Retsin Architecture (UK)
  • GUN Architects (Chile-Germany)
  • Keiti Lige and Ann Kristiin Entson (Estonia)
  • Ludovico Lombardi LDVC and Lisa Kinnerud (UK)
  • Mirco Becker (Germany)
  • MisoSoupDesign (Taiwan)
  • NYXO (UK)
  • Raul Kalvo (Estonia)
  • Risa Kagami (Japan)

The international open two-stage competition challenges participants to develop creative designs for a temporary outdoor installation, making innovative use of the fabrication capacities of the Estonian wooden house manufacturers; the aim is to promote synergy between emerging designers and industry. The Call raised wide international interest, bringing in entries from India, USA, Hong Kong, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Latvia, Japan, Austria, Germany, UK, Russia, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, Spain, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Sweden, Bulgaria, Turkey, Chile, Australia, Canada, Greece, Portugal, Venezuela, Georgia, Israel, New Zealand, China, Iran, Slovakia, Cameroon, Cuba and Lithuania.

The folly will be built in August 2017 in front of the Estonian Architecture Museum in Tallinn, on an all-grass, slightly elevated area. The structure should stay there for up to 23 months. Participants are asked to use local sustainable material – timber – and winners have a chance to co-produce it with local timber industry and make use of local industrial CNC capabilities. 

1st February 2017 - II stage design submission arrival deadline;
14th February 2017 - announcing the winner;
August 2017 - construction;
13th to 17th September 2017 - TAB 2017 Opening Week; installation and exhibition opening, book launch, symposium.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB is an international architecture festival which introduces local architecture culture, current issues concerning architecture, and looks at the future of the architectural profession. TAB offers a programme of events for both architecture professionals, students and everyone interested in architecture. Within TAB 2015, an installation titled Body Building, designed by Pihlak and Tuksam was erected in Tallinn, becoming an inspiration to a separate TAB 2017 programme. 

Photo © Installation Body Building by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam from previous TAB (2015, image: Tõnu Tunnel)
02.01.2017 - 09.17.2017
Tallinn Architecture Biennale