Interior architecture symposium SISU looks at spaces where we are inspired by human intervention

Estonian Association of Interior Architects
Press release
15th April 2015

Interior architecture symposium SISU looks at spaces where we are inspired by human intervention 

The topic of this year’s international interior architecture symposium SISU is “The Impact of Space” and it will take place from 27th to 30th May at Von Krahl Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia.

Does the stamp of personal spatial experience depend foremost on a specific place, or rather on the length of time spent somewhere in solitude at a tender age? What should one remember when many manifold experiences are hidden in the depths of one’s memory and in the human body? How can one highlight these memory-images, make selections and emotionally translate them into the language of materials?

The symposium, organised by the Estonian Association of Interior Architects and the Department of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design of the Estonian Academy of Arts, offers an exciting programme full of presentations from top professionals to an audience interested in interior architecture, architecture and design. All of SISU will be conducted in English, thus being easily accessible to colleagues from other countries.

According to Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, the creative director of SISU, this year’s focus is on the impact space has on people and vice versa: “SISU will examine how space affects people and how people affect space, or in other words – what kind of human intervention in the space around us tends to inspire us.”

The opening speakers of the symposium are the Dutch duo MerkX+Girod, who attracted notable attention a few years back by creating a contemporary bookshop in a former Dominican church in Maastricht, preserving the unique landmark setting. At SISU, they will focus on their complicated restoration project of the Dutch Council of State, combining a range of different buildings from various periods dating back to the 16th century with the aim to concentrate on the public area, to clarify routing and orientation within the building and to enlarge the number of workplaces and make them more flexible.

In addition to several foreign speakers, who will take the stage in the symposium – Juhani Pallasmaa (Helsinki), Suzie Attiwill (RMIT, Melbourne), Jo Van Den Berghe (LUCA, Sint-Lucas, Brussels), Graeme Brooker (Middlesex University, London), Kees Spanjers (Amsterdam), Per Reinholtz (ECIA, Växjö), Monika Löve (Turin) – many Estonian interior architects and architects will also be present.

SISU Symposium 2015 “The Impact of Space” is produced by the Estonian Association of Interior Architects and funded by Estonian Cultural Endowment, ELuxNetherlands Embassy in Tallinn, Interstudio, Wermstock, Hektor Light, Hals Interiors, Velux, Silmani Elekter, Interno Plaadimaja, Moodne Valgustus and EAIA supporting members Floorin, Hektolan, Sadolin, Vivarec, Villeroy & Boch, Fagerhult, Elke Mööbel, Lincona, Puustelli, Glamox.

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Additional information:
Triin Männik, SISU communication
+372 56201104

Kairi Rand, project manager
Estonian Association of Interior Architects
+372 5056723