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Opera by the sea – Opera house for Estonia

Submission: August 18, 2020
Registration: August 03, 2020
Language: English
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The popularity of the theatre plays and opera shows created a new typology of structures called “Opera Houses” across Europe. They became the cultural center of a city housing legendary artists and performers.

The opera’s house in Italy, Vienna, Germany, England were some of the first constructed buildings that displayed grandeur. They were often placed in the commercial district of the city. Attending an opera was a social occasion that displayed the prosperity of the upper-middle class.
The Opera house was identified as an iconic architectural object of their respective cities.

Opera houses of Sydney, Valencia, Almaty, Beijing, etc were built subsequently in the 19th Century designed by architects Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, and Paul Andreu respectively.
Designing an Opera House (cultural hub) of today that encapsulates the architectural style of the 21st Century to create an icon that lasts for decades ahead is a challenge in itself.
How is the demand for cultural preservation served by architecture in modern society?
The challenge here is to design an “Opera House” for Estonian Capital Tallinn to mark their legacy and create a cultural center.

Johan Tali
Architect, Molumba, Estonia
Karli Luik
Architect, Molumba, Estonia
Jacques Ferrier
Founding partner, Ferrier Marchetti Studio, France
Bryan Schmidt
Principal, Semple Brown Design, United States

Launch on February 14, 2020
Submission Deadline: 18th Aug 2020opera by the sea
Public Voting begins: 8th Sep 2020
Public Voting ends: 3rd Oct 2020
Result Announcement: 15th Oct 2020

Prize pool of worth 20,000$
First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention: 12 x 500$ Each

Go to the competition’s website