Idea competition

In 2018, the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory organised an international design competition to find the best designs for an International Museum for the Victims of Communism, to be established in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The objective of the design competition was to find a contemporary, attractive and visitor-friendly design for the planned museum’s architecture, exposition and interior. 

The design competition’s judges were:


Tõnu Altosaar, Vice President, B+H Architectural Bureau, architect
Helen Oja, Member of Estonian Association of Interior Architects
Mirjam Rääbis, Museums Advisor, Cultural Heritage Department, Ministry of Culture
Meelis Niinepuu, Chairman of the Board, Estonian Institute of Historical Memory
Anna Kaminsky, Director of the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany
Mart Laar, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Bank of Estonia,´historian

Japanese architect Shuhei Endo’s work titled “Red Erosion” was the jury’s favorite, winning first place and €15,000.

A joint project by Icelandic and Latvian artists, “Erratic Shadows” comes in second, winning €10,000 in prize money. The artists involved are Icelandic media artists Gagarin, Latvian design studio H2E, and Icelandic architects Tvihorf.

The competition’s third place goes to “Ajavari” by Estonian KOKO Architects, winning both €5,000 for coming in third as well as another €5,000 because it won the public vote.

The competition’s special prizes of €2,500 went to “The Red Block” by Polish artists Maciej Jacub Zawadzki, Łukasz Wenclewski, Michał Polak, Federig Eugeni, Carla Gonzalez Moran, and Eun Ji Kim, and to “RTM 201840” by Polish Džus GK Architects.

The jury made its decision on 9 April 2018, altogether considering 13 different international entries.