The 2018 winners of the Estonian Architecture Awards were announced

Press release
6 December 2018

The 2018 winners of the Estonian Architecture Awards were announced

At the ceremony for the Estonian Architecture Awards in the Salme Cultural Centre on December 6th, the winners were announced for awards presented by the following organisations: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Association of Architects, Estonian Association of Interior Architects, and Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union. Sixteen of the most brilliant works and architects were recognised.

Annual Architecture Awards of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for 2018

Grand Prix: Film Museum. The new buildings and outdoor area at Maarjamäe History Complex of the Estonian History Museum.
Authors: Anto Savi, Margus Soonets, Jürgen Lepper (BOA architects). Outdoor area: Kersti Lootus, Lidia Zarudnaya, Ivi Vartsen, Siim Lootus, Kalle Pruuden, Margus Triibmann (Lootusprojekt). Interior architecture: Kariina-Kristiina Kaufmann, Kadi Karmann, Peeter Klaas, Ville Lausmäe (VL Sisearhitektuur). Client: Estonian History Museum. Builder: Oma Ehitaja.
Photos (Jüri Seljamaa, Reio Avaste, Tõnu Tunnel).

Prize for Activity: Exhibition and book ”Kopli Sonata. The Russo-Baltic Shipyard at the Museum of Estonian Architecture.
Curator: Oliver Orro (Estonian Academy of Arts). Exhibition design: Joel Kopli, Koit Ojaliiv, Juhan Rohtla (KUU Architects). Graphic design: Triinu Silla (TRIKK). Contemporary photos: Martin Siplane. Co-authors of the publication accompanying the exhibition: Robert Treufeldt and Maris Mändel. Designed by: Kristo Kooskora.
Photos (Reio Avaste).

Prize for Activity and Process: Baltic Station Market.
Authors: Lembit-Kaur Stöör, Martin Tago, Maia Grimitliht, Raivo Kotov, Andrus Kõresaar, Kristo Rämson (KOKO architects). Interior architect: Kärt Loopalu. Landscape architect: Eleriin Tekko. Client: Astri Grupp. Builder: Mapri Ehitus.
Photos (Tõnu Tunnel).

Prize for landscape architecture: Tartu Vaksali Square.
Authors: Mirko Traks, Henn Runnel, Karin Bachmann (KINO maastikuarhitektid), Tõnis Arjus (Tartu City Government). Head designer: Indrek Lensment (Tinter-Projekt). Client: Tartu City Government. Builder: Tref.
Photos (Erge Jõgela, Taevakaamera).

According to Ingrid Ruudi, the chairman of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia all the award-winning projects, in addition to possessing their own specific scale, also resonate significantly in the communal space. ‘The Film Museum and outdoor space of the Maarjamäe complex that was awarded the Grand Prix is a successful solution, in which a new building with a vivid identity immediately attracts attention, while still being in an open and sensitive dialogue with the historical buildings in the complex. The environment is bound into a whole by the solution for the outdoor space, which in front of the Film Museum is appropriately playful, while slightly farther away provides a dignified and sufficiently neutral exposition opportunity for the Soviet-era monuments,’ said Ruudi.

Although the Cultural Endowment of Estonia’s Grand Prix in the field of architecture was announced at the awards ceremony, the winners of the Grand Prix and the Lifetime Achievement Award will receive their awards at the gala event for the annual Cultural Endowment of Estonia awards on February 1st.  

Estonian Association of Interior Architects awards for 2018

Mulgi rural municipality building.
Author: Liis Tarbe (Karlerik Tarbe). Responsible architect: Kalle Kadalipp (VMT  Ehitus). Client: Halliste Rural Municipality Government. Builder: Silindia Ehitus.
Photos (Terje Ugandi).

Machine Hall at the A. M. Luther Furniture Factory.
Authors: authors of interior architecture in public areas and offices – Hanno Grossschmidt, Tomomi Hayashi, Liis Voksepp, Marianna Zvereva, Anna Endrikson, Jüri Nigulas, Andres Ristov, Sander Treijar (Hayashi Grossschmidt Arhitektuur); interior architecture in cafes, exhibition areas and seating areas – Kadri Tamme (Kadri Tamme Sisearhitektuur). Structural design: Maari Idnurm, Merith Auksmann, Eerik Kask (Ekspertiis ja projekt). Client: Lutheri Ärimaja. Builder: Nordecon.
Photos (Terje Ugandi for the magazine Diivan, Maris Tomba).

Private Residence in Viimsi.
Author: Kärt Tähema. Architecture: Mateusz Kuo Stolarski (Tamizo Architects). Client: private. Builder: Nordecon Betoon.
Photos (Terje Ugandi).

Exhibition “Puzzling Over the Labyrinth. 50 Years of the Tallinn Print Triennial” at the Kumu Art Museum.
Authors: Raul Kalvo, Helen Oja. Curators: Eha Komissarov, Elnara Taidre. Graphic design: Laura Pappa, Elisabeth Klement. Technical staff: Valmar Pappel, Andres Amos (Kumu Art Museum). Client: Kumu Art Museum.
Photos (Stanislav Stepaško ©Eesti Kunstimuuseum).

Student prize of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects, Vello Asi Prize (chosen independent of the jury, by the board of the Association of Estonian Interior Architects and the Interior Architecture Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts) Karolin Kull.
Photos (Päär Keedus, Karolin Kull, Are Tralla).

‘It is a joy to see that each year, the works that are submitted are more varied and professional,’ said Pille Lausmäe, the chairman of the Association of Estonian Interior Architects, which was the main organiser of this year’s awards ceremony. ‘Undoubtedly, one factor is that various clients and developers perceive the importance of the interior architect’s role in achieving a good end result. And just as interior architecture requires good architecture, good architecture is inconceivable without interior architecture. No matter whether we are dealing with a private home in Viimsi, an office building in an old factory, spaces for Euro officials or a sacral building in South-Estonia. Everything is equally important and comprises the environment and cultural space where we, in Estonia, have now arrived.’

Estonian Association of Architects awards for 2018

Annual award: Vastseliina Episcopal Castle Pilgrims’ House.
Authors: Toomas Adrikorn, Margit Argus, Margit Aule, Kaiko Kerdmann, Laura Ojala (KAOS Architects). Construction planning: Constructive. Client: Foundation of Vastseliina Bishop Castle. Builder: Eviko.
Photos (Maris Tomba, Terje Ugandi, Tiit Sild).

‘In the case of this year’s annual prize, the decision was made by renowned Finnish-Norwegian architect Sami Rintala, who, in the case of the pilgrimage house of the Vastseliina bishop’s castle primarily highlighted its very integral and sympathetic impact – how the building looks in the landscape to someone approaching it, and the view that opens from the inside of the building to its surroundings, Katrin Koov, the president of the Association of Estonian Architects, said in explanation of the choice. ‘From the location to the details and from the clothes rack to the technological solutions of the exposition, all the elements seem to work nicely together. This is successful abstraction of the medieval milieu without being romantic. In a clever and balanced way, we see what is new and what represents the old. And the COR-TEN steel is a very suitable exterior material and is reminiscent of a fortification and the colour of old bricks.’   

The award SMALL for small objects was shared equally by two objects:  

The extension of the ant shed in Eisma / The small objects in Eisma.
Author: Indrek Allmann (Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS). Client: Eisma Sadam.
Photos (Indrek Allmann, Päär-Joonap Keedus).

Installation Totem.
Authors: Aet Ader, Mari Hunt, Zane Kalnina, Kadri Klementi, Nele Šverns, Karin Tõugu (b210). Engineering: Egon Kivi. Client: The Forks Renewal Corporation. Builder: The Forks Renewal Corporation. Installation was presented at the Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice installation festival in Winnipeg, Canada.
Photos (Mari Hunt, Nele Šverns).

Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union’s awards for 2018

Annual award: Landscape Architecture office TajuRuum.
Pedestrian and bicycle pathway in Annelinn.
Authors: Terje Ong and Robert Kähr, as well as chief designer Keskkonnaprojekt.
The outdoor space of Mäetaguse Basic School.
Authors: Edgar Kaare, Liina Einla, Timo Saabas, Terje Ong.
Naerumaa Kindergarten’s playground and public square.
Authors: Edgar Kaare and Terje Ong.
Teemant Park.
Authors: Liina Einla, Edgar Kaare, Liisa Sekavin, Kerli Irbo.
Photos (Erge Jõgela).

‘TajuRuum submitted four very strong works, with very different characters and functions, to this year’s awards’ competition,’ said Kristiina Kupper, the president of the Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union. ‘During the last few years, TajuRuum has worked tirelessly at creating good public spaces, and an excellent sense of place, integrated style and skill, and a wish to find a compromise between various parties and interest groups shines through their works. And this was also noticed by the jury.’

Special award for the synthesis of sound and space: The first sound and light installation of the newly reconstructed Tartu Arch Bridge.
Sound and light projects: Martin Rästa, Aivar Tõnso, Liisi Küla, Roman-Sten Tõnissoo, Sten Saarits. The technical concept for the sound and light installation: Tipriit Valgusdisain, Audio System Design, Elinvar. Builder: Trev-2 Grupp.
Photos (Erge Jõgela).

Special award for designing an event space: Christmas Town in Tartu.
Idea and spatial concept: Karin Bachmann (KINO maastikuarhitektid), Kerli Irbo (TajuRuum). Small objects: Tõnis Arjus, Anna-Liisa Unt (Tartu City Government’s architecture department). Programme and project management: Maris Peebo, Ragnar Kekkonen, Katrin Vask (Tiigi Seltsimaja).
Photos (Uku Peterson).

Student Award: MA thesis “City of bugs. Planning with biodiversity. Kopli Freight Yard in Tallinn”.
Author: Maarja Tüür, supervisors Kristiina Hellström, Lauri Klein and Kristi Grišakov.
Photos (Erge Jõgela).

People’s Choice results

In addition, a People’s Choice survey was conducted via the portals and to choose the winners of the four organisations’ annual awards. 4,500 people participated and the results were as follows:

Association of Estonian Architects annual award, People’s Choice: Rapla State Secondary School.

Association of Estonian Architects SMALL award, People’s Choice: The outbuilding of Rein Ottoson sailing school.

Cultural Endowment of Estonia annual award, People’s Choice: Baltic Station Market.

Association of Estonian Interior Architects annual award, People’s Choice: Private Residence in Kakumäe.

Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union’s award, People’s choice: Surroundings of Keila railway station.

The main sponsor of the Estonian Architecture Awards for 2018 is the Cultural Endowment of Estonia; main supporters Fagerhult and Geberit; supporters Wermstock, Velux Estonia, VBH Estonia, Svensky Kaubanduse, Puustelli, Plaadipunkt, Jung, Hektor Light, Floorin (Forbo), ELKE Mööbel and Comdecor.

The TV show introducing the winners is available on YouTube (full version and projects individually).
All the nominated projects and their authors are included in the virtual exhibition at
The photos of the award ceremony.

More information:

Silvia Kübar, Association of Estonian Architects, Communications Consultant; +372 56269336

Katrin Seppel, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Head of Communications; +372 5125381

Kairi Rand, Association of Estonian Interior Architects, Project Manager; +372 5056723

Reet Soans, Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union, Coordinator; +372 5060834