SISU 2017 Thanks!

The 4th SISU Symposium titled Naked Space took place on 7th and 8th June in a novel and extraordinary way simultaneously in two countries and brought together a more international audience than ever before. As the topic directed, the symposium, which concentrated on unused and abandoned spaces, took place in an old swimming pool in Lucerne where over 100 people gathered and in parallel in an old train factory in Tallinn with a 40-head audience. But a much larger number of listeners followed the event through a live video feed – with over 2500 viewers from all over the world.

When the Neubad empty pool was filled with the audience then in Tallinn, the mobile classroom built by the interior architecture students of the Estonian Academy of Arts in the Telliskivi Creative City filled up with rainwater by the second night of the symposium chasing the people to their dry offices and homes where they could watch the fascinating lectures and rich film program over the live video provided by Avision and Babahh. Altogether, there were 3016 symposium video views, including 2571 unique views, which is a record number of SISU participants, be it mostly digitally. In addition to Tallinn and other Estonian cities, SISU was followed by people from Fribourg, Stockholm, Basel, Zurich, Lucerne, Kaunas, Vienna, Tuscany, North Brabant (Holland), Belgium, New Zealand, Telemark (Norway), Berlin, Kurzeme, Wales and Columbia! That is to prove that we live in a new kind of world and our spaces acquire new meanings, new functions and we now create virtual and digital space where we can roam from all parts of the world at the same time joining in one mental space to discuss what is important to us, for society and for the new world. We still come together and for that we need space – be it physical or mental. Therefore, the SISU team feels that this event should carry on, grow, perhaps even travel from country to country and visit audiences in new and old spaces! Positive interest and feedback toward continuation and possible hosting of SISU was shared by several participants in Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The content review of SISU will be published in Sirp and Müürileht newspapers, and magazine Moodne Kodu. Follow the news!

Until then, a photo reportage of SISU can be viewed on Facebook and page and the whole symposium will be available on video on the ESL Youtube channel shortly.

The symposium was initiated by the Estonian Association of Interior Architects in 2014 and subsequently organised in collaboration with the Estonian Academy of Arts / Department of Interior Architecture in Tallinn as a platform for discussing developments in the field of spatial use, design and architecture and to address relevant social issues and phenomena in order to raise awareness among the design and architecture community and inspire collaboration. This year, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art / School of Engineering and Architecture, and the Association of Swiss Interior Architects invited the Estonian partners to hold the charismatic and inspiring symposium in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The SISU 2017 symposium focused on re­use of interior space and community-driven redesign processes, shedding light on the question, how interior architecture is able to create an identity for naked space while ‘re-dressing’ it, and how this can contribute new value to the whole neighbourhood. What are our needs today and how it influences the re-purposing process? How can we investigate the space inside the buildings of the past and dress it for the needs of today? Many interesting lectures and presentations addressed these questions from multicultural perspectives. SISU curators Sibylla Amstutz and Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla and the whole SISU team is grateful to all participants for making the event a success and taking part in this multicultural exploration of space.

Until next time!

Special thanks to:

SISU sponsors
Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft / Kommission für Technologie und Innovation (KTI), VSI.ASAI, Eesti Kultuurkapital, Intera, Hals Interiors, André Denz, AVL Dolmetscher GmbH, Création Baumann, Designo AG, Gehri AG, Global Shop Design GmbH, Lista Office LO, Marianne Daepp Innen-Architektur, Pendt AG, Polsterfactory Markus Daepp, Waldis AG.

ESL supporters
Bauhof Group, Villeroy&Boch Gustavsberg AB Eesti filiaal, Hektor Light, Moodne Valgustus, Akzo Nobel Baltics/Sadolin, Decoland, Elke Mööbel, Lincona Konsult, Fagerhult, Floorin, E-Lux Kodutehnika, Wermstock, InterStudio, Vivarec, Geberit, Ambassadors of Design, Puustelli, Glamox HE,I.D. Kangas, Smart Walls, Björn Espresso Bar.

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Sibylla Amstutz (Lucerne)
Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla (Tallinn)

Project Managers:
Kairi Rand (ESL)
Natalie Mets (EKA)
Nicole Hartmann (HSLU)

Solveig Jahnke (Tallinn)


Aet Ader
Anja Dirks
Edina Dufala-Pärn
Dominic Haag-Walthert
Liivi Haamer
Loreida Hein
Annika Kaldoja
Jüri Kermik
Martin Melioranski
Kristi Org
Hannes Praks
Raul Tiitus
Ann Mirjam Vaikla
Urmo Vaikla
Maarja Varkki
Kaia Tungal
Siiri Vallner
Aadam Kaarma
Aimur Takk
Maarja-Liis Raamat
Henri Papson
Mari Uibo
The students of the interior design program at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Many thanks to:
Marianne Daepp

Ingel Vaikla

Graphic design:
Stuudio Stuudio

Web development:
Kris Haamer / HAAM