Estonian Academy of Arts International Competition


96 works were submitted from over 25 countries.

1st prize: SEA+EFFEKT, Denmark
2nd prize: NAT Architecten bv, Netherlands
Purchase prize: BOARD, Bureau of Architecture, Research and Design, Netherlands
Purchase prize: François Blanciak, Japan


The purpose of the design competition is to find contemporary solution of outstanding architecture for the Estonian Academy of Arts. The new faculty building will become an active centre for education and arts in Tallinn as well as an buoyant urban node.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International Architecture Project Competition
Genre Education
Country Tallinn, Estonia
RegDeadline 28 February 2008 GoogleCal iCal
28 February 2008 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Registered Architects

The main objective of the competition is to find an outstanding architectural and urban solution to the new main building of the Estonian Academy of Arts and to find a person to commission further architectural and planning stages of the design, based on the winning entry. As a procurement, it is a design competition as specified in the Public Procurement Act of the Republic of Estonia § 79(1), the objective of which is to find the best architectural design draft for the main building of the Estonian Academy of Arts and to enter into a procurement contract for services with the winner to design the following stages of architectural and site plan design.

The competition area is situated in absolute centre of Estonian capital Tallinn and in the centre of the new business district.
Spatial programme is totally 26,738 m2.

Mrs Signe Kivi, prof., rector of Estonian Academy of Arts
Mr Indrek Allmann, vice president of the Union of Estonian Architects and architect
Mr Veljo Kaasik, prof.em of the Estonian Academy of Arts and architect
Mr Mart Kalm, prof.,Dean of the department of art culture of Estonian Academy of Arts
Mr Ülar Mark, the president of the Union of Estonian Architects and architect
Mr Endrik Mänd, Chief Architect of Tallinn Town Government
Mr Roger Riewe, architect (Riegler Riewe Architects Pty. Ltd., Austria),
Mr Jüri Soolep, prof.,Dean of the department of architecture of Estonian Academy of Arts and architect
Mr David Zahle, architect (Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark)

Judging Process
One-Stage, Anonymous Competition

2,450,000 Estonian kroons have been prescribed for awards, which will be divided as follows:
First award: 1,000,000 EEK (64,000 EUR)
Second award: 700,000 EEK
Third award: 400,000 EEK
Two purchases a: 175,000 EEK

Entry Fee

- Unbendable plotting board preferably in format A1 or measuring 700 x 1000 mm, and in digital form on CD or DVD in printable .pdf or.jpg file format.
- Model scale 1:500 (model of the volume to fit onto big model of the city)
- Detailed model scale 1:200 (to fit onto model of the urban block)
- Qualification documents

Winners Announcement: 8 April 2008

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