The seventh talk of EUROPA: Connecting Ideas Across Borders #RIBAEuropa
Hear from architecture practices Kavakava arhitktuuribüroo, Mailītis Architects, Baltic Pavilion and Process Office at the RIBA.
Siiri Vallner and Indrek Peil established architecture office Kavakava arhitktuuribüroo in Estonia in 2002. Kavakava works are site-specific, highlighting the potentialities of a particular place, at the same time their aim is always to provoke new situations. Kavakava projects are mostly public buildings or urban space designs based on prize-winning proposals for open architectural competitions.
Recently they have been working on different social projects – short-term accommodation for temporarily homeless people in Tallinn, foster homes in Kuressaare and public sauna in Tallinn. Alongside practice, Kavakava activly participates in numerous academic and theoretical discussions and teach at university level.
Their major works include the Museum of Occupations in Tallinn, Pärnu City Centre Sports Hall, Lotte kindergarten in Tartu, Narva College of the University of Tartu and the visitors’ centre for the Estonian Open Air Museum. Their works are published internationally and they have won several awards, including best young architect award in 2009 for Siiri Vallner and State Culture award for Narva College in 2013.
Mailitis Architects is Riga based architecture practice that brings together architects, artists, designers and other professionals. The company designs public and culture orientated buildings, deals with residential and commercial objects, enjoys challenging creative processes and believes that the key to success of every project is an ingenious idea.
Austris Mailītis was born in 1984 in the family of artists. Creation of artworks, cinema, architecture and design objects was his milieu since early childhood. Austris is an author of large scale projects including Latvian Pavilion in Expo 2010 Shanghai and Latvian National Open-air Stage. In last years he has been an architect for Latvian pavilions in 55th and 56th Venice Art Biennale and has been working on unique building for levitation — Shaoling Flying Monks Temple in China.
In 2011 he was awarded with national prize Architect's footprint for particular contribution in the development of Latvian architecture. In 2014 his work was nominated for EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. In 2017 he received Grand Prix of Latvian architecture. Austris Mailītis is currently working on the conversion of historical beer brewery building in Cēsis, Latvia into the Arts & Science centre. His architecture studio is based in Riga.
Process Office is architecture and urbanism practice based in Vilnius, founded in 2007 as a continuation of six year long collaboration by principal architects Vytautas Biekša, Rokas Kilčiauskas and Marius Kanevičius.
Process Office is aimed at providing specific system for exchange where the network of specialists from various fields are engaged in theoretical and practical issues of architecture and urbanism. Process Office is committed to creative, innovative and sustainable projects that address the requirements of the contemporary.
Recent realisations and competition projects include, the renovation and extension of the Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMM) in Riga completed in 2016; and Centre for Civil Education at the Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania reconstruction project, exhibition design and installation.
The Baltic Pavilion was exhibited for the first time at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have united for the first time at the Biennale to present the Baltic Pavilion, which explores the impact of redeveloping the region’s Soviet-era infrastructure.
The curators from the three different countries had to win three separate national competitions to represent themselves in a single exhibition at the Biennale, which demonstrated a breaking down of boundaries to achieve a singular goal. Their aim is to present the common issues experiences by all three countries as they convert from Soviet to European infrastructure.
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The EUROPA Talks Series is generously supported by L.K.E. Ozolins and The London Community Foundation and Cockayne — Grants for the Arts.