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.
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’. Source and images Courtesy of TAB2019.
- 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
Article by Marco Rinaldi