FLOODED Summer School

FLOODED Summer School

Dates: 1-10 August 2017

Volume: 80 hours, 6 ECTS

Location: Karuskose, Soomaa, Estonia

Number of participants: max 15

Cost: 200 EUR

Registration deadline: 5th of June

In addition to the general required materials, candidates are expected to submit a portfolio and a short bio (max A4).

*The participation in the programme is free. However, there is a fee of 200 EUR to cover the costs of transportation from Tallinn to the location in Soomaa (and back), accommodation, meals, etc.


The Interior Architecture department’s international summer school returns for a second instalment, this time under the title FLOODED. We welcome international applicants as well as applications from students in other Estonian universities and academies and Estonian Academy of Arts: architects, spatial designers, interior architects, designers, artists. Last year, the Summer School team ended up building floating object Veetee, a project that inspired minds far beyond Soomaa and Estonia.

In beautiful Soomaa (in English: swampland), situated in Estonia, we experience a flood every year in spring. The area consists of large raised bogs, flood-plain grasslands, paludified forests and meandering rivers. Life in Soomaa depends more on climate than anywhere else in Estonia. When vast amounts of water run down the uplands in springs, the rivers of Soomaa cannot contain it all. The water flows over flood-plain grasslands and forests and covers roads, disrupting connection with the rest of the world. In some years, the spring floods have risen by a meter a day for 3–4 days, quickly claiming roads, fields, and on occasion, homes. At the maximum flood level the water-covered area can be 7–8 km in diameter. Steep-sloped, raised bogs stand as islands in the water. The flood has been named the Fifth Season of Soomaa, and Karuskose, Soomaa will be the location of this unique Summer School.

The FLOODED Summer School will use the natural flooding in Soomaa as a laboratory for global problems. We can use it as a testing ground to find solutions for wet conditions and floating architecture all over the world. The Summer School will be a deep and intensive examination into the minimum (spatial) necessities for humans in extreme conditions. As the result of the Summer School, the bottomless bogs and overflowing rivers of Soomaa will be offered a new steady pause, a solid ground for the wanderer, a connection or bridge to another unreachable island. The artistic object needs to create new values in very delicate surroundings. The object should continue to function during the highest water levels of the 5th Season, but can be tested out during the workshop on a river. The piece itself will be constructed during the workshop out of timber. The hands-on workshop will be unique opportunity to practice off-grid woodwork. In the future, the wooden installation will be a part of larger network of forest infrastructure organised by the State Forest Management Centre of Estonia. The installation will stay open for the public.


The summer school will be tutored by an international team of architects, representing both practice and academia. The tutors will work alongside the participants guiding them through a complete architectural project — concept development, design, prototyping and construction of life–size installation in wilderness. The hands-on workshop will be unique opportunity to practice off-grid woodwork.

b210 architects – b210 is an architecture office for sophisticated solutions: comprehensive environments, emotive space, functional logic, conceptual design — architecture as experience. The architects of b210 are a versatile collective who feel at home at any scale: public buildings, exhibition design, event organising, private housing. Fine-tuned results are reached in close co-operation with clients.

b210 are: Mari Hunt, Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi

Sami Rintala – A Finnish architect and artist, Rintala studied architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology, completing his studies in 1999. Rintala’s own work is based on narrative and conceptualism. The resulting work is a layered interpretation of the physical, mental and poetic resources of the site. In 2008, Rintala started a new architect office with Icelandic architect Dagur Eggertsson, called Rintala Eggertsson Architects, with offices in Oslo, South Norway and Bodø, North Norway.

Hannes Praks –  As the head of the Interior Design department of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Praks’ aim is to continuously discover design and architecture stemming from in situ characteristics, which could potentially be seen as forming a unique design vernacular. He believes that interior architecture can be positioned somewhere between architecture and product design. Besides creating functional solutions, he holds that it should be capable of participating in dialogue in general culture in the same manner as film or literature.


Tuesday, 1st of August 

  • Arriving to Tori
  • Canoeing from Tori to Soomaa
  • Getting to know the site, the group and locals

Wednesday, 2nd of August 

  • Hike at dawn to the bog
  • Brainstorming and sketching
  • Individual work
  • Sauna and bonfire

Thursday, 3rd of August

  • Site-specific tasks
  • Research about the object
  • Designing the object
  • Lecture by Sami Rintala
  • Sauna and bonfire

Friday, 4th of August 

  • Confirming the final design
  • Continuing with one object design
  • Work in groups
  • Dividing into groups
  • Lecture by Algis Martsoo

Saturday, 5th – 9th of August

  • Building and testing the object
  • Nightly sauna, bonfire and teambuilding games

Thursday, 10th of August 

  • Opening of the object