'Baltic Atlas' to represent Estonia in Venice Biennale ({{commentsTotal}})

The joint project between artists from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will represent the country at the 2016 La Biennale di Venezia.

Estonian Center of Architecture has selected the winner of the International Curator Competition for the Estonian exhibition at the 2016 La Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition.

The members of the winning team are architect Johan Tali from Estonia, Niklāvs Paegle, Kārlis Bērziņš, Laila Zariņa and Dagnija Smilga from Latvia, and Jonas Žukauskas, Jurga Daubaraitė, Petras Išora and Ona Lozuraitytė from Lithuania.

The competition aimed to find the best proposal introducing Estonian architecture and urban design, making the finest and most relevant of the country’s architects and architectural thinking visible at the biggest stage for architecture, La Biennale di Venezia.

"Baltic Atlas" will present all three Baltic countries at the La Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition together for the first time.

“'Baltic Atlas' will explore how the geopolitical context of the area, its energy and natural resources, transport infrastructure, human and intellectual resources impact the space around us. National architecture has its place in the cultural identity of a country, but when it comes to projects that shape the society and landscape, the impact of cross-border projects is bigger, be it Rail Baltic, Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel, gas pipes, energy plants or oil shale mines,” Estonian Center of Architecture said in a statement.

Altogether 22 architects or teams submitted their works for the competition.

Editor: S. Tambur

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