Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB is an international architecture and urban planning festival with a diverse programme that fosters local architectural culture. TAB encourages synergy between Estonian and foreign architects as well as between architects and the general public.

4th Tallinn Architecture Biennale is curated by architect, urban designer and ecologist Claudia Pasquero. She is the co-founder of ecoLogicStudio and director of the Urban Morphogenesis Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. TAB 2017 is based on her proposal bioTallinn. TAB opens in Tallinn on 13-17th of September 2017. The 2017 Biennale will feature Curators’ Exhibition, Vision Competition and a Symposium curated by Claudia Pasquero and her team.

TAB 2017 will also include numerous side events: Installation Competition, International Schools’ Exhibition, TAB Club, publications, installations, films, lectures, discussions, tours, parties and a lot more.

TAB is produced by Estonian Centre of Architecture.

  • Team

    Claudia Pasquero

    Head Curator of TAB 2017

    Alice Buoli

    Assistant Curator of TAB 2017

    Sille Pihlak

    Curator for TAB Installation Competition

    Siim Tuksam

    Curator for TAB Installation Competition

    Maria Kristiin Peterson

    Producer of TAB 2017

    Eve Arpo

    Producer of TAB 2017

    Veronika Valk

    Curator for TAB Schools' Exhibition

    Rebecca Kontus

    TAB Satellite Programme Curator

    Merilin Kaup

    Co-curator for TAB Schools Exhibition

    Anett Tõnismäe

    TAB Club Programme Curator

    Katrin Tomiste

    Marketing Manager of TAB 2017

    Villem Tomiste

    Head of TAB Committee

    Johanna-Mai Riismaa

    TAB Volunteer Coordinator

    Lucy Bullivant

    TAB 2017 Catalogue and Webzine Editor

  • Press



    For all press enquires please contact the Tallinn Architecture Biennale team:

    E-mail: press@tab.ee
    Estonian Centre of Architecture
    Põhja pst 27a, Tallinn 10415

    For high resolution images and press releases visit TAB 2017 press site.

    Symposium videos

  • Volunteers

    General info

    TAB is on the hunt for volunteers!

    Now is the time to gather a team of enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to prepare and help during the long week of events, talks, films, exhibitions, parties and a lot more!

    If you are enthusiastic about architecture and design, but also excited about exhibition and event organizing, you are perfect to join our team! We are looking for people with can-do-attitude who are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Whether you speak fluent English or not, whether you can drive a car or not, whether you know how to use power tools or not –  we will definitely have a fun and challenging task for you.


    Sign up

    We hope you will join us!

    Sign up here

  • Partners

    TAB 2017 Symposium is co-financed by European Regional Development Fund (€29 995). The main goals of the conference is to bring together architecture community, to learn, to exchange ideas and to inspire.

    The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. In Estonia we work primarily in the following areas: education, arts and culture, skills development and empowerment of young people.

    Schüco develops and sells system solutions for windows, doors, façades, sliding systems, security technology and sun shading. In addition to these environmentally friendly products for residential and commercial buildings, the building envelope specialist offers consultation and digital solutions for all phases of a building project – from the initial idea through to design, fabrication and installation. Machinery for fabrication and a 360° cycle of sustainability complement the range of products and services.

    Velux supports Tallinn Architecture Biennale with the aim to contribute to the promotion of local architecture culture. As an enterprise promoting daylight and a good indoor climate, we value integration of technology and developing the field of architecture. Having years of experience in supporting architecture, we find that the TAB offers a great opportunity to promote daylight, fresh air and good quality of life.

    The Cultural Endowment of Estonia is a legal person in public law the objective of the activities of which is to support the arts, folk culture, physical fitness and sport and the construction and renovation of cultural buildings by the purposeful accumulation of funds and distribution thereof for specific purposes.

    TAB 2017 info center is created by Jaanus Orgusaar. He is an inventor and designer who dives straight to the primal source – his work is inspired by nature’s geometry that makes his objects clearly distinguishable. His trademark is the construction of three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional sheet material through inventive patterns.

  • History

    TAB 2015: Self-Driven City
    9-13 September, 2015
    Curators: Marten Kaevats, Arhitekt Must, Ivan Sergejev, Helen Pau, Damiano Cerrone, Sille Pihlak, Siim Tuksam, Maria Derlõš

    The third TAB was looking into the changes, challenges and opportunities that our cities and their inhabitants will be facing once the third industrial revolution is implemented in full scale and we all start using self-driving cars. What will this mean for architects, designers, urban planners? TAB turned Tallinn into a test site for the cities of the future, visualising ideas and conceptualising the way cities are built.

    TAB 2015 exhibitions had 103 000 visitors. Symposion programme included 20 lecturers and 400 participants.

    TAB 2013: Recycling Socialism
    4-30 September, 2013
    Curators: Aet Ader, Kadri Klementi, Karin Tõugu and Kaidi Õis

    TAB 2013 was exploring the modernist and socialist architecture from the 1960s to the 1980s. While dealing with the soviet era architecture, TAB aimed to inspire architects, city planners and citizens to look for the best ideas rather than presenting ready-made projects. For the first time the Sprat-Tin Hall of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was open to the public. Also, for the first time since many years, the doors of Linnahall, the grand soviet concert hall, was opened for the architecture schools exhibition.

    TAB hosted many well-known contemporary architects and theorists starting with Bjarke Ingels (BIG) as a jury member of the vision competition to the radical Italian architect Pier Vittorio Aureli (Dogma) as an author at the Curators’ Exhibition and speaker of the symposium.

    TAB 2011: Landscape Urbanism
    8-11 September, 2011
    Curated by Villem Tomiste

    The very first Tallinn Architecture Biennale concentrated on the hybrid issue of landscape urbanism. TAB 2011 considered landscape urbanism as so-called ’third way’, which could possibly solve urban problems that had proved to be too difficult for traditional planning because of rapid processes, constant change and instability. Landscape urbanism could also provide answers how to guide urban processes from inside, so that the system as a whole still maintains a balance. The term ’landscape’ is used primarily as the model for consistency, responsiveness and scale.

    TAB 2011 comprised of three main events: symposium Landscape Urbanism (curated by Katrin Koov), exhibition 11FLIRTS (curated by Villem Tomiste) and vision competition STREET 2020.

  • Visitors guide

    TAB 2017 gastronomical recommendations

    TAB 2017 selection of the best restaurants, eateries and coffee places around Telliskivi Creative City,  Balti Jaam Market and the Museum of Estonian Architecture.
    10% discount to TAB pass/handstrip owners (Just show your TAB pass/handstrip before you make an order!)


    Inside Telliskivi Creative City


    A restaurant that represents excellent French bistro culture.
    Address: Telliskivi 60a B-hoone

    Kivi Paber Käärid

    100% gluten-free cuisine, healthy eating and vegan foods.
    Address: Telliskivi 60a C4


    Popular restaurant and a meet up place, that locates inside a 100-year-old industrial building. 
    Address: Telliskivi 60 a

    Renard Coffee Shop

    Modern interior and bohemian location makes Renard the best place in town to try their fine specialty coffee selections.
    Address: Telliskivi 62


    Around Balti Jaam Market and the Museum of Estonian Architecture


    Genuine Japanese cuisine with a various selection from ramen to sushi.
    Address: Balti Jaam Market, Kopli 1 and Solaris Shopping Center, Estonia pst 9


    Family restaurant with delicious food and most wanderous play area for slightly younger TAB audience 😉
    Address: Balti Jaam Market, Kopli 1


    Best cinnamon buns in town! Small bakery and cafeteria with Scandinavian influences in the historic Nisuveski building, next to Rotermann Quarter.
    Address: Rotermanni 14


    Getting around in Tallinn

    Best way – on foot 🙂 central Tallinn is rather narrow city and everything is really close by, so our reccommendation is: observe Tallinn on foot!


    Public transport is also really good option: https://www.visittallinn.ee/eng/visitor/plan/getting-around/public-transport 


    Here‘s a really useful website about Estonia generally – www.visitestonia.com




  • Accommodation

    TAB 2017 is offering home accommodation for our foreign guests to get a real insiders’ view of the local life in Tallinn!

    Based on the idea of the popular Couchsurfing, we want to connect TAB visitors with Tallinn locals who wish host guests in different and various apartments and houses of Tallinn. This is a great opportunity to interact with locals, meet new people and get new friends! But most importantly, it is without charge and free for all participants!

    TAB team has invited local people to contribute to the project by getting involved as the host and sign up their homes on our website.

    To take advantage of this awesome opportunity please contact Johanna-Mai Riismaa: johanna@tab.ee.

    TAB also recommends to check out Visit Estonia page  to find the most suitable accommodation for your stay in Tallinn!

  • TAB 2017 Catalogue

    Like the biennale itself, the catalogue plays with the notion of natural and artificial. A special colour-separation process transfers photos organically for 2-colour printing.

    You can purchase TAB 2017 catalogue from: Estonian Museum of Architecture store and bookstores (Rahva Raamat, Puänt, Muusa and Apollo).

    Graphic Designer: Jaan Sarapuu (AKU)

    TAB 2017 Catalogue was awarded with 1st prize in the category of Prints/Books at Estonian Design Award Competition.


  • Contact

    For all enquires please contact the Tallinn Architecture Biennale team

    Address: Põhja pst 27a, Tallinn

    Phone: +3726117436

    For all press enquires please contact

    Triin Männik
    + 372 5620 1104

  • TAB 2017 GALLERY

    Curatorial Exhibition “Anthropocene Island”  at Estonian Museum of Architecture


    Installation Competition Winner “Digital Building Blocks” by Gilles Retsin 


    Symposium “Polycephalum City” at Balti Jaam pavilion


    Installation Competition Exhibtion at Estonian Museum of Architecture



    TAB Gala

    TAB- Club Events


    Concert Exhibition “Whispering Stones”

  • Tickets

    TAB 2017 PASS entitles you free entrance to Curatorial and Vision Exhibitions in Museum of Estonian Architecture until October 27, 2017.

    If you don‘t have TAB 2017 PASS, then tickets for TAB 2017 Curatorial and Vision Exhibition can be purchased from Museum of Estonian Architecture.