TAB 2019

Vision Competition

“New Habitats, New Beauties”
Speculations for Tallinn 2019


The mission of the competition was to explore new architectural aesthetics through the lens of new habitats, bringing to the fore two burning issues in architecture today. One goal was to consider our shared eco-system and how to enhance the relationships between people, flora and fauna; the second, to explore the relationship between organic and inorganic.

The task was to create a neighborhood of shared and private habitats in which to live and work; to suggest indoor and outdoor places for people of all ages to learn, play and grow. We seek to escape the bland, unimaginative development of architecture, and find new concepts in keeping with the alternative life styles of Kalamaja’s inhabitants.

The site is the east side of Kopli, part of Kalamaja, adjacent to the railway lands that will become an important part of Tallinn. The scale of the site requires attention to detail and should also provoke ideas at an urban scale. 

The head curator Dr Yael Reisner expected competitors to express the wholesomeness of architecture today by reconciling the perceived conflicts of ecology and society. And to be mindful that in all good architecture such variables cannot be reduced, and that without beauty any progressive design fails.


The TAB Vision Competition received 80 submitted projects out of which the following winners (by project codes) were chosen:

1st place TAB Vision Competition: Lines Rehab
2nd place TAB Vision Competition: Voxel Valley
3rd place TAB Vision Competition: Eatable

Honorable Mentions:
4 Life Buildings
Self-sufficient habitat
Tetris Tallinn
Relation Hood


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.


Download the Vision Competition Brief and the Competition Site Documentation.


Digital submissions and 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.


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.


Kjetil Trædal Thorsen

Architect, Founding Partner Snøhetta, Oslo

Jaak-Adam Looveer

Architect and a city planner, Tallinn Urban Planning Department

Margit Mutso

Architect, Eek & Mutso Architects, Tallinn