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Venice Biennale of Architecture


La Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition is one of the world’s most important architecture events, visited by over 100.000 people during the months it is open for public. Taking part in the Biennale provides Estonia and our architects with an unique opportunity to introduce our architectural thinking and current topics relevant in Estonia on an international level. La Biennale addresses the academic and theoretical side of architecture, while also providing a meeting place for the industry's most renowned architects and designers, a place where people come to present the most exciting developments in each country's architectural thinking.

Mostra di Architettura di Venezia, the Architecture section of the Venice Biennale, was established in 1980. Earlier, architecture exhibitions used to take place under the umbrella of the contemporary art biennale. Estonian architects have participated in the Biennale since 2000, the exhibitions have been produced by both the Union of Estonian Architects and Estonian Centre of Architecture, with support from Estonian Ministry of Culture as well as Estonian Cultural Endowment.

La Biennale di Venezia architecture programme consists of a number of showcases, exhibitions and events, with the main exhibition curated by the head curator of the biennale at the helm. Themed exhibitions as well as national pavilions add diversity to the programme.

The 16th International Architecture Exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday, May 26 and will conclude on Sunday, November 25, 2018.

International Curator Competition for the Estonian exhibition at the 2016 La Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition

Estonian Centre of Architecture is looking for a project to represent Estonia at the 16th  international architecture biennial in Venice. The first stage of the two-stage public international curator competition will close on the 31st of May, 2017 at 12 noon (GMT+2), with 5 proposals moving onto the second stage, where all 5 proposals are to be presented publicly on the 15th June 2017 in Tallinn. The winner of the competition will be announced on the 19th of June 2017.

The proposals for the Estonian exposition should reflect both current global issues and important aspects of the ideas and practice of contemporary Estonian architecture, focussing on what makes architecture a relevant practice at present. International teams entering the competition are expected to include persons competent in and familiar with Estonian architecture. Entries can be either in Estonian or English, the competition is open for proposals by art theorists, architects, designers, interior designers, historians and curators of other professions related to the field of architecture.

Terms and Conditions of the Competition (PDF)

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1. Looking at Terms & Conditions of the Competition I would like to ask if it would be possible to specify given information regarding few submission requirements. In the segment 3 (Format of the Competition) it is stated that the first stage should include text information as well as visualisation of the exposition, but later on in the segment 13.1, where it is defined that entries must be submitted by e-mail, there is no any specific information about the submission of the visual material.
Would You be so kind to specify, if and what kind of restrictions are applied for the visual material of the concept and if all that has to be submitted via e-mail (no snail mail submissions?), is it here to understand that the visual material for the first stage of competition is the same as for the second?

A: Visual material can be submitted through wetransfer link:
Specific restrictions to the visual material: competition entries should not exceed 2GB. Please present your idea and send visual material that supports your idea - visualised design of the exposition.
The Jury selects best five entries and invites the authors to participate in the second stage where we expect you to present your updated design idea on the basis of jury comments and questions.

Previous Estonian exposition at the International Architecture Exhibition at the La Biennale di Venezia

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia was curated by Rem Koolhaas and titled Fundamentals; Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014 was proposed for the contribution of all the national and other pavilions.

Estonian National Exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition was curated by architects Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali ja Siim Tuksam and titled Interspace, focussing on public space as enivironment where offcial ideology and its personal interpretations mix and mingle.

Interspace was produced by Estonian Centre of Architecture and organised with generous support from Gold Sponsor Metro Capital, Main Partners Ruukki Products, Eventus Ehitus and KSA Vision Clinic; Partners Sadolin, Elmaks Hulgikaubandus, Estonian Museum of Architecture, Reinis Adovicš (WARP), Lugemik, Makerlab and Silman Elekter, 206 kickstarters from and dozens of volunteers. The Estonian pavilion at the 14th La Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition was funded by Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Cultural Endowment, and European Regional Development Fund.

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The 13th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia was led by architect David Chipperfield under theme Common Ground.

Estonian National Exhibition explored the topic of How Long is the Life of a Building? on the example of one of Estonia’s Modernist heritage gems, Tallinn City Culture Hall (Linnahall). The exhibition was curated by Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, Urmo Vaikla, Ingel Vaikla, Veronika Valk, Maria Pukk and Ivar Lubjak.

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The 12th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, with Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima at the helm, explored the topic of People meet in architecture.

Estonian National Exhibition HOUSES (30MB PDF) introduced one hundred private houses by Estonian architects, using a large-scale model and video. The argument of the curators was that one of the most notable features of Estonian private home architecture, when compared to the rest of Europe, is the widespread preference of unique projects. The project was led by architect Kalle Vellevoog, interior architect Tiiu Truus, graphic designer Martin Pedanik and architecture historian Karen Jagodin.

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The 11th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia director Aaron Betsky phrased the theme for the international event Out There. Architecture Beyond Building, focussing on sitespecific installation and manifestos, environmental and landscape architecture.

Estonia was represented at La Biennale by an environmental and geopolitical installation Gas Pipe by architects Maarja Kask and Ralf Lõoke from Salto Architects as well as sculptor Neeme Külm and architecture historian Ingrid Ruudi.

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The 10th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, led by Richard Burdett was titled Cities. Architecture and society, exploring such 21st centory urban studies issues as social dynamics and the infrastructure of cities. More specifically, much attention was paid to the role of architects when it comes to designing democratic and sustainable urban landscapes, as well as their links to policies of intervention, government statements and social cohesion.

Estonian exhibition Joint Space was created in cooperation with the Tartu University Institute of Geography, the Architectural Design Office Urban Mark and the ICT research company Positium. Joint Space demonstrated the possibilities of using mobile positioning in urban space. The team of the project included Ülar Mark, Indrek Tiigi, Kaja Pae, Yoko Alender, Raul Kalvo, Rein Ahas, Anto Aasa, Siiri Silm, Margus Tiru and Erki Saluveer.


The 9th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia was titled METAMORPH and led by Kurt W. Forster. Estonia selected a project titled Time Out architecture to represent the country in Venice. Interior designer Kristjan Holm came up with the idea while reading journalist Madis Jürgen’s book on Estonian outhouse architecture and culture. Exhibition team included Kristjan Holm, Madis Jürgen, architect Agu Külm, sculptor Jukka-Pekka Jalovaara and art historians Pille Epner and Liina Jänes.

More about the project: Estonian Institute - If you don't have much to say, sing it

Photo gallery (Kristjan Holm):


The 7th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia centered on research, titled Less Aesthetics, More Ethics. Director Massimiliano Fuksas abandoned the usual set up of the previous Biennales, with an exhibition no longer based on the idea of architecture as buildings, but developing a 360° perspective on contemporary city.

Estonia, participating in the Biennale for the first time, contibuted to the event with project titled Simulacrum City by art critic and curator Anders Härm and architect Tarmo Maiste. Pavillion soundtrack Taavi Laatsit, movie by Jaak Kilmi ja Andres Maimik. Catalogue design Jaanus Tamme.

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