The Estonian Association of Architects has launched an international contest to overhaul a landmark department store in the heart of Tallinn
The competition seeks ‘professional, open-minded and grand’ proposals for a new 57,000m² retail complex two-and-a-half times larger than the present city-centre building, known as the Tallinn Department Store or Tallinna Kaubamaja.
Backed by retail giant Tallinna Kaubamaja Group, the project will expand the flagship shopping centre, which first opened in the 1960s and was expanded 13 years ago to include the neighbouring Viru Centre.
Commenting on the contest launch, Kaubamaja director Erkki Laugus said: ‘Together with the best of architects, we would like to create a modern department store which will make us feel proud as much as it does the visitors of Tallinn.
‘We wish to fill the new house with many more items and events than it is possible to do in the present building, and to take a strong position among the best known department stores in northern Europe with the goal of becoming the best one at some time.’
Tallinna Kaubamaja was the first large department store to open in Estonia, and is located in the centre of the Estonian capital, a short distance from its harbour.
Tallinna Kaubamaja Group is Estonia’s largest retailer, employing more than 3,500 people across a range of subsidiaries. The latest project aims to upgrade and expand the existing department store, deliver a new administrative building on Rävala Avenue and create a subterranean car park.
Judges include Tallinna Kaubamaja Real Estate director Peeter Kütt, Arvo Rikkinen of the Tallinn City Planning Board, and local architects Martin Aunin, Jaak Huimerind and Peep Jänes. The winner, due to be announced on 8 November, will receive around £48,500 and the design commission.
The deadline for applications is 5pm local time, 21 September.
How to apply
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