The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, architects M.Port, U.Tölpus, O. Kontchaieva, R. Karp, 1964–68
TAB 2013 in Tallinn: Curators’ Exhibition & Guided Tours
Keiu Krikmann from Tallinn 06/09/2013
Curators’ Exhibition (Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013) Sprat-Tin Hall of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs September 7, 2013
One of the main events of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013 is the Curators’ Exhibition that explores the possibilities of ‘recycling’ buildings from the Soviet era. The exhibition displays an array of interpretations and future visions of 12 sites with Soviet heritage by international architects and offices. The participants address the question of how to reconstruct the Modernist utopias for a contemporary city.
The so-called Sprat-Tin Hall in the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the former Assembly Hall of the Estonian Politburo; interior designers H.Krull and A.Maasik
The exhibition takes place in the so-called Sprat-Tin Hall of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which has previously not been open to the public and is certainly worth seeing. As the curators of the biennale explained their motivation behind choosing this particular location: “The so-called Sprat-Tin Hall is an architectural masterpiece of its time that has been closed to the public, it was a certain choice from the beginning, it was our holy grail.”
A Sprat-Tin: the ceiling of the assembly hall in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs bears a visual resemblance to the tin, hence the name Sprat-Tin Hall
The exhibition is accompanied by free guided tours on September 7 and 8 at 11.00 in Estonian and at 12.00 in English on both days.