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Bartlett Tutors Design the Winning Pavilion for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale

6 March 2019

'Steampunk' by Gwyllim Jahn and Cameron Newnham (Fologram, AU) and Bartlett tutors Soomeen Hahm and Igor Pantic was chosen from a shortlist of international submissions as the winner of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale's Installation Programme 'Huts and habitats'.

Steampunk visualisation VA render

The team used analogue tools, augmented with mixed reality environments to create pavilion made of steam-bent timber elements. 'Steampunk' rethinks applications and traditions of craft in pursuit of their evolution, and challenges visitors to reassess how they view contemporary architectural design.

The installation will be built in August 2019 outside the Museum of Estonian Architecture and will be open to the public from 11 September 2019 until the next edition of the biennale in 2021. 

Soomeen and Igor are tutors on Architectural Design MArch Research Clusters 9 and 1 respectively. Soomeen is also director of design studio Soomeen Hahm Design

This pavillion challenges the idea of the primitive hut – showing how, by using algorithmic logic, simple raw materials can be turned into a highly complex and inhabitable structure. 

– Gilles Retsin, Architectural Design Programme Director at The Bartlett. 

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Image credits:
‘Steampunk’, designed by Soomeen Hahm Design, Igor Pantic and Fologram.
Project team: Soomeen Hahm, Igor Pantic, Gwyllim Jahn, Cam Newnham, Nick van den Berg, Hanjun Kim, Kiheung Kwon, Eri Sumitomo, Katerina Konstantinidou and Jakub Klaska. 
All images ©Steampunk