ELAU Estonia: Nominees for the 2020 Annual Awards of the Estonian Landscape Architects Union
This year a record number of 34 projects were submitted to the competition for the Annual Awards of the Estonian Landscape Architects Union (est Eesti Maastikuarhitektide Liit).
An international jury, which included landscape architects Pia Kuusiniemi, Laura Männamaa and Sulev Nurme, urban planner Kristi Grišakov, and architect Elo Kiivet has travelled around Estonia and selected 12 nominees. Laureates will be announced at an Estonian Architecture Awards ceremony on 9 December.
“It is great to see that the role of landscape architecture in shaping a high-quality living environment has become increasingly valued, which is evident in that there are double the number of submissions compared to last year. Submissions were made from all over Estonia and even very small places have presented amazing projects. Stylistically, the projects were diverse, both small objects and remarkable urban developments competed against one another. This made the jury’s job quite difficult; however, that also testifies to the high quality,” said architect Elo Kiivet, commenting on the projects.
“City centres are still being vigorously renewed, so this needed a separate category in the competition. Public space projects were remarkably diverse and sensitive, following a boldly minimalist but extremely site-sensitive direction. Pleasant and active outdoor space surrounding new apartment buildings has become a considerable factor in choosing a home, and this tendency is also taken into account by developers.Several unique projects stood out for having much greater value than merely a spatial design,” Kiivet added.
Nominees for the 2020 Annual Awards of the Estonian Landscape Architects Union in four categories:
Heart of the city
Elva city centre – architects Ülle Maiste, Diana Taalfeld, Anne Saarniit, Roomet Helbre and Taavi Kuningas
Kuressaare city centre – authors Häli-Ann Tooms, Mari-Liis Männik, Projekt Kuubis
Paldiski town square – authors Madis Vaikmaa, Martin Saarnak, Rait Aas
Outdoor space for the Eesti Meedia building – landscape architects Mirko Traks, Uku Mark Pärtel, Kristjan Talistu, Juhan Teppart and Karin Bachmann
Outdoor space for the Delta Centre at the University of Tartu – landscape architects Kadi Nigul and Kristian Nigul, architects Illimar Truverk and Sander Aas
Outdoor area for the Vastseliina Episcopal Castle – landscape architects Kersti Lootus, Katri Soonberg, Kadri Uusen and Siim Lootus
Inner courtyard for the F1 quarter at Kopli Liinid – landscape architect Kaie Kuldkepp
Päeva park – landscape architects Kerttu Kõll and Maarja Tüür, landscaping consultant Maarja Gustavson, architects Anu Tammemägi
Inner courtyard for the Uus-Veerenni residential area – landscape architects Mirko Traks, Uku Mark Pärtel, Kristjan Talistu, Juhan Teppart and Karin Bachmann
Car-free Avenue (est. Autovabaduse puiestee) – authors Tõnis Arjus, Ragnar Kekkonen, Maris Peebo, Anna-Liisa Unt Helle Väärsi Võru City Government
Photos of the nominated projects are available HERE.
The gallery of nominees will be published on the joint Architecture Awards website arhitektuuripreemiad.ee in October, as well as in the publication “Estonian Architecture Awards 2020” issued on 9 December.
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