Annual Estonian Architecture Awards 2016

Last night the ceremony of the annual awards in the field of Estonian Architecture for 2016 took place at NO99 theatre. Prizes were awarded in more than 15 categories by the Estonian Cultural Endowment Architecture Foundation, Estonian Association of Architects, Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union and Estonian Association of Interior Architects. 

Gallery: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/blbijgumzgz3d7q/AABhCKSkKjGeP77Vye8A9OZia?dl=0

The Estonian Cultural Endowment Architecture Foundation Grand Prix was awarded to the restoration project of St Paul’s Church in Tartu by Finnish architects Merja Nieminen, Kari Järvinen and Markku Norsi.

“The jury’s decision to recognise St Paul’s Church in Tartu was unanimous. The reason behind the success of the project relies in the architects’ deep knowledge of Eliel Saarinen’s work, their great respect towards the historic material, while being capable of bringing a contemporary approach to the process,” said Eero Jürgenson, the chairman of the Architecture Foundation of the Estonian Cultural Endowment. “The extent of research and their detail-oriented approach is also remarkable. The team executed and developed many of Saarinen’s ideas that were never realised in the tumultuous period of 1917–1919, when the church was built. With the opening of the cathedral, the city of Tartu has gained a new concert hall with wonderful acoustics. Opening and incorporating the underground space of the church allows people to experience the harmony between the magnificent fieldstone and brick structures. The solution as a whole is significant to our culture, it is the rebirth of a dignified building with its thoroughly composed interiors.”

The annual award of the Estonian Association of Architects, presented in collaboration with Merko Ehitus, was given to the Pärnu Beach Stadium. The project is designed by Jan Skolimowski and Peeter Loo (KAMP Architects), with contributions from Anton Andres. The winner was decided by the independent highly recognised Spanish architect Fuensanta Nieto.

“The most noteworthy characteristic of the Pärnu Beach Stadium is its clear and strong form, where architecture and construction fuse together into a wholesome entity. This is architecture where aesthetics are directly derived from function,” said Katrin Koov, the chairman of the Estonian Association of Architects. “The building is in active dialogue with a multifaceted environment – on the one hand, its appearance is dominated by the boldly protruding canopy, on the other, the beach park is framed by a modest facade. I imagine it must have been a really difficult choice to make, as almost all of the finalists were equally strong, each in their own category.”

The largest number of awards was won by KAMP Architects – altogether recognised in three different categories. In addition to the annual award of the Association of the Estonian Architects, KAMP also received the interior architecture award from the Estonian Cultural Endowment for two of their projects and the Estonian Association of Interior Architects’ award for best office for the interior of the offices of Lenne, designed by Jan Skolimowski in collaboration with Maie Raud.

“With the offices for Lenne, it is a space within a space kind of solution. An old factory building was converted into offices for a children’s clothing company,” explained Anja Dirks, a jury member for the Association of the Estonian Interior Architects. “This fascinating solution features areas with various character, a kind of a courtyard with trees among others. It is like a game of hide and seek, it’s private and open for all, featuring all sorts of contrasts. A high level of knowhow and execution has also been incorporated. The clean and almost simple execution keeps the whole in balance. It is high quality interior architecture.”

The Achievement of the Year in Estonian Landscape Architecture prize was awarded to landscape architecture magazine ÕU, produced by Anna-Liisa Unt, Merle Karro-Kalberg and Karin Bachmann.

“The landscape architecture magazine ÕU has been introducing topical themes to their readers since 2009. It is remarkable how the editors have been publishing the magazine as volunteers, yet been really consistent with it and continually raising the quality over the years,” said Valdeko Lukken, the chairman of the board of the Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union. “This award is a recognition to the team at the magazine, editorial staff, writers and all landscape architects, who contributed to make this magazine possible seven years ago.” 

Annual Awards of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects 2016:

Best Office – Lenne
Architect: Jan Skolimowski, in collaboration with Maie Raud (KAMP Architects)

Best Public Space – Restaurant Tuljak
Interior architect: Tarmo Piirmets (PINK)

Best Museum/Exhibition – University of Tartu Natural History Museum
Architects: Jelena Altmäe, Kadri Kaldam, Raivo Kotov, Andrus Kõresaar, Lea Laidra, Liis Lindvere, Indrek Mikk, Jaanus Männik, Raili Paling (KOKO Architects)

Best Home – Kuke guesthouse
Interior architects: Pille Lausmäe (Pille Lausmäe SAB), Mari Põld (MP Studio), Liisa Põime (Architecture Bureau Studio 3)

Student Award from the Association of Interior Architects – Coworkshop
Interior architects: Anni Leo, Kati Shipilenko and Inna Fleišer

Annual awards of the Estonian Association of Architects 2016:

The Grand Prix of the Estonian Association of Architects – Pärnu Beach Stadium
Architects: Jan Skolimowski , Peeter Loo (KAMP Architects), in collaboration with Anton Andres

Small Site Award 2013–2015 (shared) – KODA by Kodasema
Concept: Taavi Jakobson, Ülar Mark, Hannes Tamjärv, Kalev Ramjalg, Marek Strandberg
Architect: Ülar Mark
Interior architects: Kariina Kristiina Kaufmann, Kadri Tonto, Hannes Praks
Construction: Egon Kivi

Small Site Award 2013–2015 (shared) – Wooden megaphones RUUP
Idea: Birgit Õigus
Authors and makers: Birgit Õigus, Mariann Drell, Ardo Hiiuväin, Lennart Lind, Henri Kaarel Luht, Mariette Nõmm, Johanna Sepp, Kertti Soots, Sabine Suuster
Supervisors: Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi, Mari Hunt (b210), Tõnis Kalve and Ahti Grünberg (Derelict Furniture)

Annual Awards of the Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union 2016:

Achievement of the Year in Estonian Landscape Architecture prize – Landscape architecture magazine ÕU
Producers: Anna-Liisa Unt, Merle Karro-Kalberg, Karin Bachmann
Public Space of the Year ‒  “Urbancows” in Pärnu
Authors: Raili Hurt, Siim Randmäe; project leader Pärnu City Municipality

Best Garden – Meelte Aed in Tallinn Botanic Garden
Designers: Kersti Kuus, Kaija Arroval, Ave Visnapuu

Annual Awards of the Estonian Cultural Endowment Architecture Foundation 2016:

Grand Prix – restoration of St Paul’s Church in Tartu
Architects: Merja Nieminen, Kari Järvinen, Markku Norsi.

Interior Architecture prize – Hektor Design Hostel and Lenne office
Architects: Jan Skolimowski, in collaboration with Maie Raud (KAMP Architects)

Reconstruction and Renovation of Historic Interior Prize – Embassy of Estonia in London
Architects: Margit Argus, Margit Aule, Kaur Käärma (KAOS Architects), Pelle-Sten Viiburg (Doomino Architects)

Activities Prize – Activism regarding public space in Kalamaja
Involving: Teele Pehk, Toomas Paaver, Juho Kalberg

Developer Prize – Restaurant Tuljak
Commission: Martti Siiman, Marko Zukker, Tõnis Siigur in collaboration with architect Tarmo Piirmets

Moodne Kodu* Audience Awards
On Delfi’s portal moodnekodu.ee, people were able to vote for their favourites, which were selected from the nominees for awards from the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Association of Architects, Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union, and Estonian Association of Interior Architects.

Among the nominees for the Architecture Award from the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the public favourite was Pärnu Bay Golf Club.
Architects: Jürgen Lepper, Anto Savi, Margus Soonets, Janar Toomesso. Interior architects: Liina Vaino, Kaari Metslang, Hannelore Kääramees (Arhitekt 11)

Among the Estonian Association of Architects nominees, the public favourite was KODA.
Concept: Taavi Jakobson, Ülar Mark, Hannes Tamjärv, Kalev Ramjalg, Marek Strandberg
Architect: Ülar Mark
Interior architects: Kariina Kristiina Kaufmann, Kadri Tonto, Hannes Praks
Construction Manager: Egon Kivi

Among the Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union nominees, the public favourite was UrbanCows.
Designers: Raili Hurt, Siim Randmäe; commissioned by Pärnu City Government

Among the Estonian Association of Interior Architects nominees, the public favourite was the offices for Lenne.
Architect: KAMP Arhitektid OÜ

See the exhibition at www.arhitektuuripreemiad.ee

Main sponsor of the event: Eesti Kultuurkapital (Cultural Endowment of Estonia)
Main sponsor of EAA annual award: AS Merko Ehitus
Main sponsors: Fagerhult and Vipex
Supporters: The Ministry of CultureE-Betoonelement, E-Lux Kodutehnika, Floorin, Grohe AG, Hals Interiors, Interno Plaadimaja, JUNG Vilnius, Lincona, VBH, Velux Eesti, Wermstock.

* Modern Home 

Additional information:
Katrin Koov, president of the Estonian Association of Architects
Phone: (+372) 5073231, e-mail: katrin.koov@arhitektuur.ee

Ingrid Mald, managing director of the Estonian Association of Architects
Phone: (+372) 6117432, e-mail: ingrid@arhliit.ee

Silvia Kübar, Powerhouse Communications
Phone: (+372) 5626 9336

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