Submission: April 30, 2013
Registration: April 30, 2013
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Prizes: 1st Prize €5.000 2nd Prize €2.000 3rd Prize €1.000
Type: Open competition for architecture students and architects.
TAB 2013 Vision is an architecture competition to envision the future of an iconic circular block-housing district – Väike-Õismäe (Little Blossom Hill).
What to do with an ideal idea? Should totality be attacked with totality? Can geometric order be enjoyable to live in? What is there to recycle for today’s life and new utopias of the future?
Väike-Õismäe differs from other similar neighbourhoods in Tallinn by way of its concentric plan derived from the idea of a circle-city. The district is positioned circularly as a single, complete solution around a pond in the middle. On the one hand, Väike-Õismäe, which was recognised with a national award upon completion in the 1980s, is a clear underlying structure for further developments. On the other hand, this circle-based plan is also a limitation that gives the illusion of a functional whole, but where – similarly to other modernist apartment block areas – the environment and modern-day life are still searching for a common language.