Nominees for the 2019 Annual Award of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects

Press release

A record number of 94 works were submitted for this year’s Annual Award of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects. A five-member jury consisting of interior architect Vertti Kivi (Finland), interior architect Liis Tarbe, interior architect Eeva Masso, architect Karli Luik and art critic Leele Välja have made their decisions by selecting 25 nominees and 4 prize winners from among them.

“A very large number of works were submitted this year, from virtually all types of spaces. There were schools, offices, shops, restaurants, homes, a health centre, a hotel, a hospital and, of course, a number of items. All works were characterised by high level of professionalism, and selecting and excluding was not an easy job for the jury,” commented member of the jury, Leele Välja.

“It often happens that limitations – be it an old house, a complex function, limited budget, etc., often at the same time – will bring far more interesting and intriguing results than spaces born in the conditions of unlimited freedom. This was also the case this time, and it was the more complex cases that intrigued the jury. Also important was the social reach, target group and material opportunities, which were clearly different for each project. The building itself also has a role to play; in several objects we were particularly impressed by the smooth transition from external architecture to interior architecture,” Välja added.

Nominees for the 2019 Annual Award of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects (EAIA) are (in chronological order of submission to the competition):

1. Exhibition “A Room of One’s Own: Feminist’s Questions to Architecture“ – curator: Ingrid Ruudi, special guests: Flo Kasearu, Laura Linsi and Roland Reemaa; assistants: Jarmo Kauge, Tiiu Parbus; spatial design: Katrin Koov; graphic design: Laura Pappa
2. Park Hotell Viljandi – Margit Argus, Margit Aule, Kaiko Kerdmann (KAOS Arhitektid)
3. Renovation of Tallinn University of Applied Sciences – Margit Argus, Margit Aule, Toomas Adrikorn, Kaiko Kerdmann (KAOS Arhitektid)
4. Estonian Embassy in Moscow – Margit Argus, Margit Aule, Toomas Adrikorn, Kaiko Kerdmann (KAOS Arhitektid)
5. Interior architecture of the new building of the Estonian Academy of Arts – interior architecture: Tarmo Piirmets, Raul Tiitus; collaborators Birgit Palk, Inna Fleišer (Pink); architecture: Kalle Komissarov, Joel Kopli, Koit Ojaliiv, Juhan Rohtla, Rene Sauemägi (KUU Arhitektid); landscape architecture: Karin Bachmann, Mirko Traks (Kino maastikuarhitektid)
6. Suure-Jaani Health and Recreation Centre – interior architecture: Kerli Lepp, Riin Kärema, Mari Põld; architecture: Alvin Järving, Mari Rass, Ott Alver, Kaidi Põder, Katrin Vilberg, Gert Guriev, Liina-Liis Pihu, Märten Peterson (Arhitekt Must)
7. Arvo Pärt Centre – architects: Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano (Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos); local partner: Angela Talumets, Kristina Kurro, Tanel Teder, Ra Luhse (Arhitektuuribüroo Luhse & Tuhal)
8. FORREST Entertainment Centre– Kadri Tamme, Harri Kaplan, Liis Saarnak, Elin-Harriet Helemäe
9. Toom-Kuninga 21 apartment building – interior architecture: Kadri Tamme, Liis Saarnak, Elin-Harriet Helemäe; architecture: Mihkel Tüür, Ott Kadarik (Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid)
10. FRAKTAL office – Jan Skolimowski, Maie Raud (KAMP Arhitektid)
11. ARSPROJEKT office – Rene Safin, Reio Raudsepp (Ars Projekt)
12. Newborn and Infant Department of Tallinn Children’s Hospital – Mari Põld (T43 Sisearhitektid), collaborator: Helen Teetamm
13. Restaurant Tokumaru in T1 Mall of Tallinn – Mari Põld (T43 Sisearhitektid), Tomomi Hayashi (Hayashi-Grossschmidt Arhitektuur), collaborator Helen Teetamm
14. Exhibition “DRESS CODE: Estonian ladies’ fashion 1920–1940” – Ursula Sõber
15. Harju County Court – interior architecture: Ville Lausmäe, Peeter Klaas, Kadi Karmann, Pille Lausmäe-Lõoke, Gerly Vaikre, Kerli Lepp, Mirell Ülle, Anna Kangur; collaborators: Maria Liiva, Kristiina Arusoo, Katrin Talvik; architecture: Andres Siim, Kristel Ausing (Arhitektuuristuudio Siim & Kreis), chief architect: Lauri Laisaar (Novarc Group)
16. Codeborne office – Marita Mätas, Kätlin Ölluk, Alina Undusk
17. Restaurant R14 – Ville Lausmäe, Katrin Talvik
18. New headquarters of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences – interior architecture: Maarja Varkki, Hannelore Kääramees, Elina Steinpilm; architecture: Eero Endjärv, Illimar Truverk, Janar Toomesso, Katrin Vannas, Hannelore Kääramees; collaborator: Karl Kiisel
19. New headquarters of the European Union IT Agency – interior architecture: Margit Teikari, Tuuli Trei; architecture: Jaan Kuusemets, Üllar Ambos, Pille Noole, Ioannis Lykouras, Erko Luhaaru (DAGOpen and LÜNK architects)
20. Restaurant Pomo – Anne Määrmann, Kristi Prinzmann
21. Restaurant Ülo– interior architecture: Steve Heinlo, Ville Jehe, Indrek Unt; architecture: Kauss Arhitektuur
22. Theatrum – Ra Luhse; design team: Jekaterina Kljutšnik (Arhitektuuribüroo Luhse & Tuhal), Heli Ernesaks, Mark Fink, Riina Ernesaks, Katrin Baumann, Manuel Cortes Fenollar (FE Arhitektid); collaborators: Lilja Blumenfeld, Aive Sarapuu, Marius Peterson, Reho Pakats, Alar Vinkel
23. Exhibition “Sots Art and Fashion: Conceptual Clothes from Eastern Europe”– Raul Kalvo, Helen Oja
24. Rapla State Upper Secondary School – interior architecture: Kerli Lepp, Pille Lausmäe; architecture: Ralf Lõoke, Maarja Kask, Andro Mänd, Kaisa Simon (Salto AB)
25. New permanent display of Bernt Notke’s painting “Danse Macabre” – Liis Lindvere


The winners of the awards will be announced at a joint annual awards ceremony in the field of architecture on Friday, 6 December 2019 at Tartu Comb Factory, where in addition to the winners of the annual awards selected by the jury, the laureate of the Vello Asi Student Award, presented by the Board of the EAIA and the Department of Interior Architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts will be announced.

The virtual joint exhibition of the nominees will be compiled and published as a book “Ruumipilt 2019”.

The EAIA Annual Award comes with a souvenir by Bruno Tomberg as well as a monetary prize sponsored by Cultural Endowment of Estonia. Annual Awards of interior architecture will be presented for the 42nd time.