TAB 2019

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“New Habitats, New Beauties” Speculations for Tallinn 2019

No one can define beauty in simple terms, nevertheless, we know that its experience is often identified with certain qualities. Mathematicians—who, unlike architects, never stopped believing in the role of beauty—knowingly, and comfortably list surprise, significance, clarity, profundity, or ambiguity, as some of its characteristics, and they point out that when order takes over disorder, ‘all falls into place.’ This pleasing moment is something that architects are familiar with too and it is a well known step towards beauty.

In our time, beauty is not a singular idea but its plurality prevails, hence we are looking for new architectural beauties.


The site of the 2019 Vision Competition is the east side of Kopli, part of Kalamaja, and adjacent to the railway lands that will, in the near future, become an important new part of Tallinn.


The task is to create a neighbourhood of shared and private habitats to live and work in. Indoor and outdoor places for people to learn, play and grow across the ages.

Download the Vision Competition Brief and the Competition Site Documentation.


Digital submissions and the hard copies must be received by 23:59 EET (21:59 GMT) on 16 January 2019. Entries that are not DIFOT (Delivered In-Full, On-Time) will not be considered.

The winning project codes will be announced in February 2019. Winning authors will be announced in September 2019 during the award ceremony at TAB 2019.


Kjetil Trædal Thorsen
Architect, Founding Partner Snøhetta, Oslo

Endrik Mänd
Chief Architect of Tallinn

Margit Mutso
Eek & Mutso Architects, Tallinn

Advisory Board:
Dr Yael Reisner
TAB 2019 Head Curator


First prize €4000
Second prize €2000
Third prize €1000
+ five honourable mentions.

All project entries will be will be exhibited as part of TAB 2019.


Questions to be submitted via email to by 15 December 2018
Q&As will be published on this page.

“Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty” is the topic for the next Tallinn Architecture Biennale – TAB 2019. The winning proposal was selected from the international curatorial call for the 5th installment of the biggest architecture event in the region. The selected head curator is Dr Yael Reisner, a registered architect in Israel, who works and lives in London (Yael Reisner Studio). Her proposal focuses on the subject of how beauty matters again, reflecting on a cultural shift, after nearly eighty years of dormancy, as beauty was a tabooed, denigrated subject. Curators‘ assistants roles in the TAB curatorial team has been appointed to architect Liina Soosaar (Tallinn), who has recently graduated from Architecture and Urban Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts and architect Barnaby Gunning (London), from Principal, Barnaby Gunning Studio Ltd, London.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) is an international architecture and urban-planning festival with a diverse programme that promotes architectural culture. TAB encourages synergy between Estonian and foreign architects as well as between architects and the general public by way of creating contacts and exchanging ideas. TAB core programme consists of five main events – Curatorial Exhibition, Symposium and Tallinn Vision Competition that are all curated by TAB Head Curator, then International Architecture Schools’ Exhibition and Installation Programme (IP). TAB main Programme is accompanied by a diverse Satellite Programme, that consists exhibitions, lectures, installations, architectural film programme and other events, all over Tallinn that are related to TAB. Tallinn Architecture Biennale is organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture.

TAB 2019 will take place from September 11 – November 3, 2019 (Opening Week September 11–15)




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