The story of the unbuilt town hall:
On October 20th at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will be happy to present architect Jakob Lange from BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). Lange has been working for years on BIG’s proposal for Tallinn’s new town hall – the project that won the competition in 2009 and is yet to be built today, and has promised to share the story of the “village” typology proposed by BIG. Could architecture improve communication between people and the city government? Open Lectures are open to all architecture students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

Jakob Lange is a partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003. As a project leader for several award-winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental to many of BIG’s largest commissions. He led the design and development of The Mountain mixed-use residences in Copenhagen, completed in 2008, and served as the Project Leader for the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award 2011. He is currently Partner in Charge of Stettin 7, a 20.000 m2 sustainable luxury residential building in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob also heads BIG IDEAS, BIG’s technology driven special projects division. Through analysis and simulation, BIG IDEAS informs BIG’s design decisions with research-based information—Information Driven Design. Special projects, including a green window farm, customized furniture, and innovative building systems support the studio’s work from small details to the BIG picture.

More about BIG’s Tallinn town hall project:

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department.
Series curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)

More info:
Pille Epner
+372 642 0071



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