The official 2017 Estonian Architecture Awards ceremony for the best achievements/objects in interior architecture, architecture and landscape architecture of the past year was held on Friday, 8 December in Tallinn at Vaba Lava.
The Annual Awards of the endowment of architecture of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia went to:
The Estonian National Museum, First Prize – Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh, Tsuyoshi Tane (DGT Architects), Estonian partner in architecture: Hayashi-Grossschmidt Architecture, team: Hanno Grossschmidt, Tomomi Hayashi, Siim Endrikson, Eela Samblik, Sander Treijar, Liis Voksepp, Estonian partner in architecture: Pille Lausmäe Interior Arcitecture Office, Estonian partner in architecture: Landscape architects: siit on info puudu?
The Cultural Endowment of Estonia recognises the final result of the collective work of the creative teams. The architectural solution, the interior architecture of public spaces and the bed formed into the landscape frames, the passing of time and events in an integral and dynamic environment. Ambitious goals and cooperation between several creative teams have made an important mark on Estonia’s cultural landscape in 2017.
Roosi Street in Tartu, Award for Landscape Architecture – by landscape architects Karin Bachmann and Mirko Traks (Kino Landscape Architects) and architects Toomas Paaver and Tõnu Laanemäe (PAIK Architects). Landscape architects Edgar Kaare and Terjo Ong (TajuRuum) also contributed in the preparation of the sketch.
Roosi Street acts as a gateway from the Estonian National Museum to downtown Tartu. Additionally, Roosi Street will become a new type of street-square in Tartu that does not just serve as an interesting route to the museum but also features places to stay, activities and sights for interested parties. The street is comfortable, coherent and attractive in terms of urban spaces with preference towards pedestrians and cyclists.
National Archives Noora, Award for Interior Architecture – interior architecture by Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, Urmo Vaikla, in collaboration with Helle-Triin Hansumäe and Maarja Varkki (Vaikla Studio); architecture Illimar Truverk, Sander Aas (Arhitekt 11), in collaboration with Margus Soonets.
The project was praised for the high-quality and carefully planned space. The solution feels complete from the architectural concept down to every detail.
Toomas Tammis, Achievement Award
While working as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture in the Estonian Academy of Arts, he gave the following lesson to all young architects: every building, every layout must improve the space. Better spaces have an effect on us all.
School of Architecture (the preparation of an elective course on architecture for secondary school and an accompanying book for teachers), Achievement Award – the work group of the syllabus and the description of the teaching process: Kadri Klementi, Kaire Nõmm, Toomas Tammis, Hannes Praks, in cooperation with the Estonian Centre of Architecture
Their activities and educational materials were recognised for the continuous advancement of education on spaces, which has resulted in the development and implementation of an elective course on architecture for secondary school students.
Five objects competed for the Annual Award of the Union of Estonian Architects, and the award went to:
The Estonian National Museum – Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh, Tsuyoshi Tane (DGT Architects). Estonian partner in architecture: Hayashi-Grossschmidt Architecture, team: Hanno Grossschmidt, Tomomi Hayashi, Siim Endrikson, Eela Samblik, Sander Treijar, Liis Voksepp, Estonian partner in architecture: Pille Lausmäe Interior Architecture Office, Estonian partner in architecture: KINO Landscape Architects.
This year, the nominees and winners were selected by renowned Lithuanian architect Vytautas Biekša who is one of the heads of the architecture firm Processoffice:
“The strength of the underlying idea proposed by DGT Architects is so strong, clear and ever-encompassing, it seems that the concept asserts certain power of it’s own to drive the project through any difficulties of such large scale realization. The project captures wide context, taking off from the derelict A. Tarkovsky movie scene landscape of the airfield for immaterial flight of contemporary society to sensitivity and pulsation of Tartu townscape like interior spaces with calm natural materials. The building seems to be both loaded with meaning and identity, but also neutral and welcoming at the same time. The Estonian National Museum is a true National project and clear winner of this year’s EAL’s prize!” commented Biekša.
This year, the Estonian Association of Interior Architects celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Annual Awards. Seventy entries were submitted to the competition, from which an international jury comprising interior architect Kees Spanjers (Holland), architect Jan Skolimowski, interior architect / designer Kaido Kivi, interior architect Pille Lausmäe and art historian Kai Lobjakas, selected 33 nominees and 4 winners.
Winners of the Annual Award of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects are:
Exhibition Echo of the Urals – concept architecture and setting by Jan Graps, Ken-Kristjan Ruut, Anne Määrmann (JANKEN Wisespace)
According to the jury, the exhibition was prepared with great dedication and the team of designers and contributors was as large as the team’s work on feature films. This is also evident in the final result. All elements are delivered with style, in good taste and with great level of detail and consideration of different senses – the result is so multilayered that it takes exhibition design to a whole new level.
Apartment in Kivimäe Street – Ines Käärma, Ingrid Songisepp (Ace of Space)
The jury found that the special solutions for the shapes and rooms of the apartment were meticulously planned and based on the principle of timelessness.
National Archives Noora – Urmo Vaikla, Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, with contributions by Helle-Triin Hansumäe and Maarja Varkki (Vaikla Studio)
The jury acknowledged the excellent cooperation and mutual understanding between the architects and the interior architects that is clearly evident in the result. The apartment also shows the skill to select materials that are not only durable but also improve over time. The consistent use of concrete and natural copper is an excellent example of this.
Restaurant Juur – Ahti Grünberg, Tõnis Kalve (SOO4 Interiors)
The jury’s assessment: “Some rooms just feel right as soon as you step in. Everything clicks and works. The previous large-sale historic room also complements the interior in this case – the is room, capacity and light.”
The Vello Asi Student Award, which is granted by the Estonian Association of Interior Architects in cooperation with the Department of Interior Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts went to Elin-Harriet Helemäe, a BA student of interior architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
The jury of the competition of the Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union considered the nominees and winners in three categories: Landscape Architecture Deed 2017, Public Space of the Year and Student Project. The jury included landscape architects Teele Nigola, Sirle Salmistu, Remi Kübar and Valdeko Lukken as well as architect Urmo Mets.
The annual awards of the Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union went to:
Public Space of the Year
Roosi Street in Tartu – designed by landscape architects Karin Bachmann and Mirko Traks (Kino Landscape Architects) and architects Toomas Paaver and Tõnu Laanemäe (PAIK Architects). Landscape architects Edgar Kaare and Terjo Ong (TajuRuum) also contributed in the preparation of the sketch.
This time, the jury gave the award to the creators of Roosi Street, who have helped create a beam of hope across the city of Tartu, from Ülejõe Park to the Estonian National Museum. This beam says, ”Hello, people!” This example gives hope because we can already see similar street space aesthetics being copied elsewhere. It also opens up the capacity for solutions using landscape architecture. Every person going to the Estonian National Museum can walk on that street and experience the relativity of time and space – time passes differently in a space that is pleasant to look at and conveys meaning. The solution to the peripheral location of the national museum was solved by designing spatial properties. We can hope that the maintenance team of Tartu will learn to value this new street quality by providing expert care and helping it become dynamic in time and space and continue to grow.
Landscape Architecture Deed (või Act) of the Year 2017
Exhibition Who Creates the City? – curators Pille Epner and Kaja Pae, designer Paco Ulman, graphic designer Tuuli Aule, graphic illustrator of the map for the urban connoisseur Eleonora Kolycheva.
It is noteworthy that the Landscape Architecture Deed of the Year 2017 – the exhibition Who Creates the City? has included a number of this year’s nominees. The Emajõgi area, Taskupark as well as this year’s winner of the Public Space award – Roosi Street can all be found on the map of Tartu for the urban connoisseur that was put together for the exhibition. The map for urban connoisseurs also includes the public street space adjoining the Kvartal Shopping Centre for which we would like to recognize the architects who pushed it through as well as Tartu City Government. The exhibition is a kind of a portrait of the urban space, a record of its development in a visitor-friendly war. The question mark in the title Who Creates the City? means that the exhibition is more than just a static event – the curators of the exhibition have called for a discussion. We are in great need of wake-up calls such as this.
For several years now, the internet portal Modern Home (Moodne Kodu) has organised a public vote on the nominees of the Estonian Architecture Awards. This year 3,509 people gave their vote with the majority – 2,111 people – voting for objects in the category of interior architecture.
The people’s vote went to:
Interior Architecture Category – Hotel Lydia
Architecture Category – the Baltic Station Market
Landscape Architecture Category – Taskupark at the Widget Factory (Aparaaditehas)
The category combining all areas of the endowment of architecture of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia was the unprompted project LasnaVILJAmägi by students of interior architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
All nominees and the designers thereof can be seen in the virtual exhibition available at www.arhitektuuripreemiad.ee
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