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TALLINN
ARCHITECTURE
BIENNALE
TAB 2019

Curatorial Exhibition

Beauty Matters, The Resurgence of Beauty

11.09–17.11.2019

The Museum of Estonian Architecture

The exhibition elevates the status of beauty and its role in exploring new architectural beauties, through the lens of new habitats. 

It celebrates the resurgence of beauty after some eight decades and crystalises a moment of cultural change: newly designed habitation projects that focus on Tallinn but have global implications, creating a conduit for the experience of beauty. 

Great architecture emanates from the creative tension between the variables an architect opts to engage with, striving to reflect on the role of human judgment by sifting through ideas, to achieve a result that is original, profound, economical, clear, surprising, sometimes ambiguous. The characteristics of beauty, though no one can define beauty in simple terms.

Nine exhibitors, three Estonian and six from around the world, have been chosen for their diverse palette of agendas and aesthetics; together they exhibit a collective pluralism and demonstrate that beauty matters. 

Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido in 1971.

After graduating from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. He now works from offices in both Tokyo and Paris.

In 2013 he became the youngest architect to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. He has since won numerous international competitions across Europe.

His notable works include; “Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013” (2013), “House NA” (2011), “Musashino Art University Museum & Library” (2010), “Final Wooden House”(2008), “House N” (2008) and many more. 

Elena Manferdini

Elena Manferdini is an Italian engineer and architect based in Venice, California, where she is the principal and owner of Atelier Manferdini. She is the Graduate Programs Chair at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. She has over fifteen years of professional experience that span across architecture, art, design, and education. Her work received the prestigious 2016 Public Art North America award and is part of the permanent collections of SFMoMA and LACMA. In 2011 she was one of the recipients of the prestigious annual grants from the United States Artists (USA) in the category of architecture and design.

Kadri Kerge

Kadri Kerge is an Estonian architect based in New York City, where she is designing large scale buildings, design strategies and master plans  across the world for NBBj Architects. She is running her private studio Ministry of Architecture with her sister Maris Kerge in Tallinn, Estonia and New York, focusing on residential buildings and interior design architectural projects in Estonia and NYC.

Prior to that she was working at Asymptote Architecture in New York, Coop Himmelb(l)au and Eichinger Offices in Vienna.

Space Popular

Lara Lesmes (Spain) and Fredrik Hellberg (Sweden), both graduates from the Architectural Association in London, founded Space Popular in Bangkok in 2013. Based in London since 2016, the practice works at multiple scales: from furniture and interior design to architecture, urbanism, and the design of virtual worlds. The duo has extensive teaching experience at INDA (Bangkok) and the Architectural Association and have lectured and participated as visiting critics internationally. Beyond their academic experience, Space Popular has ongoing and realised built projects and exhibitions in Europe and Asia.

KTA

KTA was established in 2010 by two partners, Ott Kadarik and Mihkel Tüür, who have worked together since 2000. KTA is a progressive and contemporary practice that focuses on all aspects of architecture and design – including large scale urban planning, public and private buildings, interiors and individual objects. Our architecture is characterised by great dedication to detail and understanding of program and function. Through the use of modern technology we create unique and innovative architecture and design. KTA has collaborated with a number of professionals in architecture and adjacent fields. Currently about 20 people are contributing to the practice.

SOMA

soma is an Austrian practice founded in 2007 by Stefan Rutzinger, Kristina Schinegger, Günther Weber and Martin Oberascher. Soma has been working on a wide range of international projects, from implementation of innovative cultural buildings to award winning competition entries, from urban master planning and social housing to exhibition design and installations. In addition to the Theme Pavilion for the Expo 2012 Yeosu in South Korea, completed projects include the extension for the Building Academy in Austria (2012) and the travelling Art Pavilion for the Salzburg Biennale (2011). Current projects under construction are a new residential quarter in the City of Salzburg and the Austrian headquarter for the German firm TECE. The team’s work has won numerous prizes in international competitions and has been featured in significant exhibitions such as the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 and Archilab 2013. In 2014 soma was presented in a solo show at the Museum for Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2017 soma is run by Stefan Rutzinger and Kristina Schinegger.

March Studio

March Studio was founded in 2007 in Melbourne by architect Rodney Eggleston and graphic designer Anne-Laure Cavigneaux. Raised on technology and passionate about hand-made objects and traditional processes, their creative ambitions have given them the opportunity to work across the fields of residential, retail, hospitality, experiential design and community engagement. Within a few years, March Studio became a high profile, internationally published and award winning studio. March Studio has grown today as a collective of architects, designers and creators who focus is on realising projects with ingenuity and respect for locations, materials, processes and people.

Yael Reisner and Barnaby Gunning

Dr Yael Reisner combines her architectural practice with research, teaching and curatorial work. Committed to research-led projects focused on the experience of beauty, her public works include ‘Take My Hand, Rights and Weddings’ (Barcelona, 2014) and ‘In The Mirror’ (Beijing 2015).

Barnaby Gunning is an architect and coder. He designs houses, restaurants, furniture, public sculpture and apps. He was the architect of the world’s first complete house in Lego and undertook web based architectural activism with Google following the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake.

Reisner and Gunning share a studio in London where they collaborate on exhibition, experience and set design.