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BIG and Adams Kara Taylor win in Tallinn

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Danish architect BIG and London-based ‘engineers to the stars’ Adams Kara Taylor have won the contest to design a new town hall in the Estonian capital, Tallinn

The team beat, one of nine shortlisted entrants, beat 81other competitors to bag the 35,000 m2 project in the Baltic country.

Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG said: ‘There is a saying that success has many fathers. That is especially true when designing such a crucial public building and public space as a town hall.

‘The design needs to be shaped by input from neighbours’ and users, citizens and politicians. Paradoxically we architects often find ourselves isolated from this crucial dialogue at the moment of conception, due to the anonymity of the architectural competition.

he added: ‘Since this was a two stage competition, we already had our first feedback from the jury – causing us to dramatically rearrange our design to fit the citizens’ needs. As a result we have envisioned a very elastic structure – capable of adapting to unexpected demands. We see it as the first conversation in a design dialogue we look forward to continue.’

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