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From the Ground Up is touring to the Tallinn Architecture Biennale and will be on display in two publicly accessible locations: Freedom Square (1-30 September) and Põhjala Tehas (8-29 September), Tallinn.

Tickets are not required.

For further information about the exhibition at the Põhjala Tehas, visit the TAB website: https://2022.tab.ee/programme/photo-exhibition-from-the-ground-up/

This photo exhibition is a unique showcase of Irish architecture and design practice, which over the past two decades has firmly established itself with flair on the international scene. Irish architects are contributing to global conversations and responding to continued social and environmental needs with new methods of construction technology, social innovation, and a deep consideration for how people live.

Wood is the most versatile, renewable, and sustainable resource on the planet. From the Ground Up aims to raise awareness about this material and the architects that are passionate about using it.

The spaces chosen are right at the centre of everyday life, providing accommodation for living, for working, for creative production, for education, for leisure, and for worship.

The selection of projects collectively represent design skills that respond to current issues in the built environment. Through the use of timber, they focus on new construction technology, craftsmanship, sustainability, economy of means, and generosity.

From the Ground Up features (in alphabetical order)
- Babel Academy of English by Nineteeneighty
- Beach Road House by Ryan W. Kennihan Architects
- Blackened Timber House by Studio Red Archtiects
- Carmelite Prayer Room by Niall McLaughlin Architects
- DLR Red Jetty by A2 Architects and Alan Meredith Studio in collaboration with DLR Architects and DLR Parks
- Gas Terrace by Carson & Crushell
- Glenavy by Donnelly Turpin Architects
- Global Brain Health Institute by McCullough Mulvin Architects
- House in a Palm Garden by TAKA Architects
- Inchicore Model School by Donaghy + Dimond Architects
- Jeffry’s House by Thomas O’Brien (architect) & Emily Mannion (artist), commissioned by Donegal County Council in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation, Coillte, and the Earagail Arts Festival
- Sandford Park School by O’Donnell + Tuomey
- Slievebawnougue by Clancy Moore
- Story Book of Timber by Grafton Architects in collaboration with Modus Studio
- Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Headquarters by Bucholz McEvoy Architects in joint venture with ZAS Toronto
- There is a forest in my backyard but my house is built from trees grown far away / Mu maja pole puudest, mis kasvavad kodu taga metsas, curated by St. John Walsh (Alder Architects, Dublin), Aet Ader, Helmi Marie Langsepp, and Mari Möldre (b210 Architects, Tallinn); exhibiting architects: Creatomus Solutions, Hannigan Cooke Architects, Joseph Mackey Architects, Kaja Pae and Paco Ulman, OGU Architects, Peeter Pere Architects, Robert Bourke Architects, Ruumiringlus, Studio Kuidas, and Wrkshop.

This touring exhibition is curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation and created in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

From the Ground Up opened for the first time at Riga Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture this May. It will be exhibited in 2 locations in Tallinn during the Tallinn Architecture Biennale and will also tour to Vilnius and additional locations to be confirmed.

In Tallinn, the exhibition builds in particular on existing relationships between the IAF, Estonian Association of Architects, Estonian Centre for Architecture, and the Irish and Estonian curators and architects in the 'There is a forest in my backyard' exhibition, which ran at the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, from January to March 2022 and will also feature in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale in September. From the Ground Up will strengthen and extend this collaborative network and further showcase Ireland and Irish architecture to a wide and diverse audience across the Baltic States.

From the Ground Up forms part of the three Baltic Embassies’ broader architectural outreach programme, which includes a variety of in-person and online events to harness local and regional capabilities and resources. We are delighted to be partnering with the Embassies to showcase world-class Irish architecture and architects working with wood and to help tend the seeds and saplings of future collaboration.

‘From the Ground Up’ tours to the Tallinn Architecture Biennale
Image: Photo: From the Ground Up opening at Riga Technical University. By Andra Marta Babre, courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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