Animal District is a competition proposal designed by Bratislava-based Nice Architects that reinvents an entire housing neighborhood from the seventies as a modern animal reserve. The solution, which includes WiFi, meeting points and other interactive amenities, was awarded honorable mention by the jury of the Recycling Socialism Competition that invited designers to repurpose the area of Vaike Oismae site in Tallinn and part of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2013.
The proposal envisions a new function and look for an iconic circular block housing district from the 1970s as a modern-day animal reserve with greenery, animal feeders, meeting points, school lecture rooms, etc. The interactive element of the design involves a smartphone application connected to local Facebook groups that promote the project’s social and educational function.
The competition jury for the reinvention of the circle city included Bjarke Ingels from BIG, Endrik Mänd, chief architect of the City of Tallinn and Inga Raukas, founding partner of Allianss Arhitektid. The jury decided to give the first prize to the competition entry Dynamo designed by an international team of young architects, second prize went to the project entitled Anamorphosis, while the third went to David Flynn Architects for their F23 proposal. Nice Architects won first honorable mention.