The main event showcasing Estonian architecture was held at the Salme Cultural Centre in Tallinn on November 6. At the event, awards were given for the best architectural designs in Estonia and Ruukki products featured strongly in three of the award-winning projects.
The Estonian Association of Architects voted Pilgrim’s House as a best architectural project in 2018. Pilgrim’s House is located in Vatseliina Episcopal Castle in Võru County, in the southeast of Estonia. Ruukki supplied the CorTen façade for the building, which was designed by architects Toomas Adrikorn, Margit Argus, Margit Aule, Kaiko Kerdmann and Laura Ojala. This prize was chosen by architect Sami Rintala from the architect office Rintala Eggertsson Architects. One of criteria for the prize was that the new building blends in with the medieval environment. There is a balance between contemporary and ancient – the CorTen façade resembles the colour of old brick.
The Cultural Endowment of Estonia’s architecture grand prix went to the new main building and outdoor area of the Film Museum of Estonia. The museum is located in the Maarjamäe History Centre in the Pirita district of Tallinn. Ruukki delivered the façade system and worked closely with the building designers, Anto Savi, Margus Soonets and Jürgen Lepper, to find the best possible solution for the museum.
The Cultural Endowment of Estonia also awarded also an architecture prize where the focus was on functionality. The winner in this category was Baltijaam Market Hall, located next to the railway station in the northwest of the Old Town in Tallinn. Ruukki supplied the load-bearing steel profiles for the market hall. The building was designed by architects Lembit-Kaur Stöör, Martin Tago, Maia Grimitliht, Raivo Kotov, Andrus Kõresaar and Kristo Rämsonn.
At this event, a number of associations and organisations awarded prizes for the best architectural projects. In addition to the Estonian Association of Architects and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, also the Estonian Association of Interior Architects and Estonian Association of Landscape Architects announced their own choices for prize-winning projects.