On the night of Saturday, September 7th, the winners of TAB 2013 Vision Competition were announced at the award ceremony that took place in an empty school building in Väike-Õismäe.
The jury that gathered already in spring - Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Inga Raukas (Allianss Architects) and Endrik Mänd (Chief Architect of Tallinn City) - decided to give the first prize to the competition entry Dynamo by an international team of young architects: Izabela Cichonska, Nathan de Groot, Lindsay Harkema, and Ondrej Janku. This is what the jury said about the winning concept:
"This project stood out for its essentially simple and well-demonstrated idea – to open up the ground floors of the apartment buildings, together with the central area, and to make them available for public use. The removed facade panels as well as the buildings’ constructions and frames will be recycled. The buildings’ lower stories are transformed into open business and cultural spaces, and the central area is turned into an outdoor, multi-purpose space that favours public use. The authors of the winning entry highlighted the lasting values of the Väike-Õismäe plan, and offered a clever strategy for creating a new environment and space, which is possible to carry out and execute gradually—even (at least partially) over the course of the upcoming decade. Starting off by changing the buildings’ ground level was the clearest idea, the execution of which would have an immediate effect on the entire surroundings, and would complement the unique architecture of the apartment district in a simple way. The one-of-a-kind Õismäe Open Air Museum that is built using local materials provokes further ideas. The work’s small downside could turn out to be the technical complexity of carrying out the project, as well as fully opening the ground-floor level of the apartment buildings; however, removing number of weight-bearing walls is certainly feasible."