Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013 Vision Competition: Recycling Socialism

Note: Non-European architects should note that the competition requires the submission of competition boards!

Sponsors: Estonian Centre of Architecture in cooperation with the

City of Tallinn

Type: open, international

Language: English

Eligibility: Professionals and students

Fee: None

Location: Tallinn, Estonia


• Bjarke Ingels – BIG, founding partner
• Endrik Mänd – Tallinn Chief Architect (Tallinn City Government)
• Inga Raukas – Allianss Arhitektid, founding partner


Q & A period ends 23 April 2013

Project submission deadline – 30 April 2013


1st place 5,000 €
2nd place 2,000 €
3rd place 1,000 €
+ five honorary mentions

Design Challenge:

Architects are to envision the future of an iconic circular block-housing district – Väike-Õismäe (Little Blossom Hill).

Väike-Õismäe differs from other similar neighbourhoods in Tallinn by way of its concentric plan derived from the idea of a circle-city. The district is positioned circularly as a single, complete solution around a pond in the middle. On the one hand, Väike-Õismäe, which was recognised with a national award upon completion in the 1980s, is a clear underlying structure for further developments. On the other hand, this circle-based plan is also a limitation that gives the illusion of a functional whole, but where – similarly to other modernist apartment block areas – the environment and modern-day life are still searching for a common language.

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