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22 submissions compete to represent Estonia at the 2016 La Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition

The first round of the idea and curator call for representing Estonia at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2016 brought submissions from 22 individuals or teams. The goal of the competition is to find the best proposal introducing Estonian architecture and urban design, making the best and most relevant of the country’s architects and architectural thinking visible at the biggest stage for architecture, La Biennale di Venezia.

Raul Järg, member of the jury, head of the Estonian Centre of Architecture, which is responsible for producing the national pavilion exhibition, said that he is especially happy to have witnessed a lot of international interest: “Our aim was to have a truly international competition this time, coaxing international architectural thinking and curating talent to pay attention to Estonian architectural scene, explore it, find what discussions are happening, what kind of fights are being fought. There was a lot of interest straight from the beginning, of course aided by the high profile of the biennial – the opportunity to curate a national pavilion is tempting.”

In the first phase of the competition, the jury will select three best proposals, announcing them by 22 September the latest. All three are invited to participate in the second stage and present a more detailed plan and idea. The deadline for the second stage is 19 October and the winner of the competition will be announced on 10 November 2015, at the latest.

The jury is composed of the following members:
  • Raul Järg (architect, Chairman of the Jury, Chairman of ECA, Commissioner of the Estonian exposition at the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice); 
  • Toomas Tammis (architect, member of UEA, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts); 
  • Maria Arusoo (art historian and curator, representative of the Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art Estonia); 
  • Siim Tuksam (architect, member of UEA, co-curator of the Estonian exposition in 2014); 
  • Veronika Valk (architect, Head of Research at the Faculty of Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Adviser on Architecture and Design at the Estonian Ministry of Culture) 
  • Jan Skolimowski (architect, member of UEA)
The competition and the Estonian exhibition at the 15th Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition are organised by the Estonian Centre of Architecture in co-operation with the Union of Estonian Architects and with support from Estonian Ministry of Culture and and Estonian Cultural Endowment.

Additional information

Triin Männik
Press Relations for Estonian Exposition
Phone: +372 56201104