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Estonia Architecture News 2024

23 January 2024
Pilgrims’ House, Vana Vastseliina, Võru Maakond
Design: studio ARGUS
Pilgrims House Estonia
photo © Maris Tomba
Pilgrims House, Estonia, Northern Europe
In south-eastern Estonia, a traveller ascending the steepish slopes of the ancient glacial valleys carved by the Piusa River and Meeksi stream will reach a complex of buildings including the ruins of a 14th-century castle, an old pub house, and the modern Pilgrims’ House. The Episcopal Castle in Vastseliina is a venue imbued with history.

18 Jan 2024
Fahle Gallery Street, Tallinn
Design: studio ARGUS
Fahle Gallery Street Tallinn Estonia
photo © Terje Ugandi
Fahle Gallery Street, Tallinn, Estonia
Emerging as a result of the captivating metamorphosis of a historic cellulose and paper factory area in the centre of Tallinn, the Fahle business estate garners widespread acclaim for its seamless fusion of time-honoured limestone walls from industrial structures dating back a century, alongside modern glass elements and abundant greenery.

17 Jan 2024
Põltsamaa Castle, Põltsamaa, Jõgeva Maakond
Architects: studio ARGUS
Põltsamaa Castle Estonia
photo © Tõnu Tunnel
Põltsamaa Castle, Estonia building
The Põltsamaa Castle complex encompasses various key components, each with its unique history and purpose. Together, these structures form one of Estonia’s most significant architectural ensembles.

Estonia Building News 2022 – 2023

Contemporary Estonia Architectural News

27 September 2023
Piil Treehouse
Design: Arsenit
Piil Treehouse
photo © Yifan Liu
Piil Treehouse
Piil, named for the Estonian word ‘piiluma’ for ‘peeking/looking’ is an elegant, pre-fabricated treehouse with a compact plan, elevated to minimise ground-level presence and indeed, provide generous views out to the vast Estonian wilderness.

7 July 2023
BAUA membership withdrawal from International Union of Architects News
BAUA membership withdrawal from UIA

3 Jan 2023
Tartu Downtown Cultural Centre Architecture Competition News
Tartu Downtown Cultural Centre Competition - Estonia Architecture News
photo : Maanus Kullamaa
Tartu Downtown Cultural Centre Design Competition
The Tartu City Government and the Estonian Association of Architects have announced the international architecture competition for the Tartu Downtown Cultural Centre. The purpose of the single-stage architecture competition is to find the best architectural design for the building and outdoor space of the Tartu Downtown Cultural Centre.

19 Dec 2022
Architecture competition for cultural centre in Tartu

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Tartu cultural centre architectural competition Estonia Architecture News

Tartu city government in cooperation with the Estonian Association of Architects are inviting to participate in the international architecture competition for the Tartu downtown cultural centre.

The purpose of the competition is to find the best architectural design for the building and outdoor space of the cultural centre, which suits the given location and milieu the most and creates a whole with the urban space along the river Emajõgi.

Participants are invited to design a building for city library, art museum, event centre with multifunctional black-box and other activities supporting the cultural centre with a biologically diverse and active park and human scale public space.

The competition will be launched on the first days of January of 2023. The deadline for submissions is 5 May 2023.

Prizes: first prize 60 000 Euros, second prize 40 000 Euros, third prize 20 000 Euros and three special rewards each 10 000 Euros.

The webpage of the competition: After the launching of the competition there will be added links to competition task and other materials.

Opening seminar will be held on 16.01.2023 at 13 o´clock in the hotel Lydia at Tartu. This will be preceded at 12 o’clock by tours at the competition site led by Tartu city architect and his team. Please register for the event in advance:

Image and information from Tartu City Government / Estonian Association of Architects

6 Nov 2022
KÄBI, Maidla village, Rapla county
Design: architects Mari Hunt and Arvi Anderson (b210)
Maidla Nature Villa KÄBI, Rapla, Estonia Architecture News
photo © Tõnu Tunnel
Maidla Nature Villa KÄBI
KÄBI reflects the words of the grand old man of Estonian design Bruno Tomberg: “the forest is my cathedral”. Located on the grounds of Maidla’s historic 15th century manor but hidden away from sight, a new nutshell-sized hotel in the middle of picturesque wetlands is nominated for the 2022 Annual Architecture Award of The Estonian Cultural Endowment.

24 May 2022
Kindergarten and Community Center in Tammiste, Tori Parish, Pärnu County, southwestern Estonia
Design: RMJM Milano Architects
Kindergarten and Community Center in Tammiste, Estonia Architecture News
image courtesy of architects practice
Kindergarten and Community Center in Tammiste Building
The project is inspired by the naturally formed landmass called ‘drumlin’ and its widespread presence in Estonia. The site is located in Tammiste, a village in Tori Parish, Pärnu County in south-western Estonia and it was used to build a drumlin, which was subsequently covered in flora to fit in with the surrounding scenery.

12 Apr 2022
The Rural Municipal Building in Saue, north-western Estonia
Design: molumba, Architects
Rural Municipal Building in Saue, Estonia
photo : Tõnu Tunnel
Rural Municipal Building in Saue
The rural municipal building is located in the southern part of the central park of Saue giving it a logical and dignified closure. Viewed from the outside, the office and administrative building seems like a pavilion in the public park.

18 Jan 2022
Port of Tallinn
Design: Salto Architects
Port of Tallinn Cruise Terminal Estonia
image courtesy of architects practice
Port of Tallinn Cruise Terminal
Located in the hustle and bustle of the biggest port authority in Estonia, the Port of Tallinn has opened the most modern and multifunctional terminal in the region. Beautifully designed to reduce its negative impact on the environment, the sustainable cruise terminal can operate outside of cruise season, making the capital more accessible whilst reducing its environmental footprint.

20 Oct 2021
Kärdla City Pavilion, Kärdla, Dagö Island
Design: Bornstein Lyckefors Arkitekter
Kärdla City Pavilion Estonia
photo : Tiit Veermäe
Kärdla City Pavilion, Hiiumaa
The new Kärdla City Pavilion just off the west coast of Estonia is one several projects that was initiated to celebrate the nation’s declaration of independence 100-year anniversary. Bornstein Lyckefors Arkitekter along with Mareld Landscape won an open international competition to renew the city’s central square and create new life in the city center with a new market hall and cultural center. Part of the competition project now constructed is the new city pavilion.

15 Feb 2021
Maidla Nature Villa, Maidla village, Rapla county
Design: b210 architects
Maidla Nature Villa Estonia
photo © Priidu Saart
Maidla Nature Villa
Inspired by wild nature, placed on the edge of a bog, the Maidla Nature Villa building is nothing like your regular hotel room. It is located among birch trees, with bogland flooding knee-deep during high water – making it possible to start a canoe trip straight from the terrace. A boardwalk leads to the terrace in front of the elevated house.

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Estonia Architecture News 2018 – 2020

22 June 2020
Wood Works
Wood Works Estonian Contemporary Architecture
The project is an Estonian-Irish collaboration that supports an exchange of expertise and creativity among architects from the two countries and focuses on the use of wood in the architectural field. The competition seeks to find an individual curator or team of curators for the initiative, which includes an itinerant exhibition, two collaborative workshops and a dedicated publication.

8 Nov 2019
Ülemiste Terminal, Tallinn
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Ulemiste Terminal Tallinn Estonia Architecture News
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Ülemiste Terminal in Tallinn
Zaha Hadid Architects (UK) working with Esplan (Estonia) have been awarded first place in the design competition for the new Ülemiste Terminal of the Rail Baltic railway in Tallinn.

26 Feb 2019
Viru Keskus Architecture Competition, Tallinn
Viru Keskus Architecture Competition, Tallinn

7 Sep 2018
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 Vision Competition

TAB 2019

11 Sep – 3 Nov 2019

Opening Week: 11-15 Sep 2019

Dedicated to the theme “Beauty Matters: the Resurgence of Beauty“, and it is curated by Israeli-born and London-based architect and researcher Dr. Yael Reisner

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 Vision Competition

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Estonia Architecture News 2010 – 2017

22 Nov 2017
Soomaa Forests Floating Sauna
Design: students with Sami Rintala, Pavle Stamenovic & b210
Floating wilderness sauna built by students in Soomaa
photo : Mari Hunt
Floating Sauna in Soomaa Forests
A floating wilderness sauna built by students in the middle of one the largest national parks in the country during an international summer school.

1 Sep 2017
Old City Harbour Masterplan 2030 competition, Kadriorg, Port of Tallinn
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Old City Harbour Development Estonia Architecture News
visual : VA-Render, image Courtesy architecture office
Old City Harbour Development in Tallinn
The Port of Tallinn launched the competition for ideas for the development plans of Masterplan 2030 for the Old City Harbour in 2016. With the aim of finding a comprehensive, long-term solution to connect the city and its public spaces with the functions of the port, Masterplan 2030 will form the basis for the redevelopment in the port area into an urban space that is both attractive and easy to traverse.

31 Aug 2017
TAB 2017 Installation, Estonian Museum of Architecture
TAB 2017 Installation Estonian Architecture News
photo : Sille Pihlak
Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2017 Installation
Digital Building Blocks (Gilles Retsin Architecture) timber installation installed with the help of skilled volunteers in front of the Museum of Estonian Architecture. The Installation Exhibition is curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam /PART/.

5 Nov 2017
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos: TABULA – The Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia
Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia building design by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
image © Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Arvo Pärt Centre, Estonia
The exhibition TABULA presents the Arvo Pärt Centre created by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos.

10 Oct 2016
A Path in the Forest, Kadriorg, Tallinn
Design: Tetsuo Kondo Architects
A Path in the Forest of Kadriorg Estonia Architecture News
photo : Tetsuo Kondo Architects
A Path in the Forest
A delightful sweeping route that glides between the trees of an Estonian forest.

19 Sep 2016
Soomaa Forests Floating Structures
Design: students with Sami Rintala, Pavle Stamenovic & b210
Floating Structures Estonia Building News
photos © Brigita Kasperaite
VEETEE Floating Structures in Soomaa Forests
Tutored by architect and artist Sami Rintala (Finland), architect Pavle Stamenovic (Serbia) and Estonian architecture office b210, students built three floating structures: a shelter, a fireplace and a sauna as a response to the changing and challenging environment of the area.

14 Jan 2015
Rail Baltic Parnu Passenger Terminal, Parnu
Design: SPARK
Rail Baltic Parnu - Estonia Architecture News
image Courtesy architecture office
Rail Baltic Parnu Passenger Terminal in Estonia
New Rail Baltic Parnu passenger terminal is located next to Parnu River, in the south part of Parnu town. The current site is considered to become a transportation hub for all public transports in the near future.

3 Apr 2013
Estonian Health Care College, Tartu
Design: KavaKava
Tartu Health Care College
photo : Martin Siplane
Tartu Health Care College
The building defining a friendly co-existence between small scale private housing and large healthcare institutions in the park. The new collage building is located in between two dormitories to maintain the buffer zone between private houses and large buildings.

23 Dec 2011
Tallinn Urban Development Competition
Design: e+i studio
Tallinn Urban Development design
image Courtesy architecture office
Tallinn Urban Development
The proposal was born from identifying a continuous flow of undulating movement throughout the site. This movement, which ultimately defines the primary circulation artery, also create trapezoidal areas that are similar – yet different – to each other.

1 Sep 2011
Semi-autonomous sauna, western Estonia
Design: Architectural Bureau Pluss, Estonia
Semi-autonomous sauna Estonia building
image from architect
Semi-autonomous sauna
The ‘heart’ of the sauna, hot room (also known as vapour bath or steam room), might also stand apart from the dwelling. The current hot room takes this to the extreme: from the inside, a maximum view of the sea, and from the outside, a minimal visual impact.

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18 Aug 2011
Lasvstronga Water Tower
Design: logon
Lasva Water Tower Estonian building
image Courtesy architecture office
Lasva Water Tower
This building is off the beaten track. The traditional route for young people born in the periphery on the outskirts of Europe would be to move to a nearby urban centre, onto the capital and maybe onto a wealthier city as part of how to survive.

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