The winners of the architecture competition organized by web-based architecture marketplace Katus.eu for prefabricated wooden houses were announced on monday, 23th of March at the Solaris Centre. The winning design for the Stavanger development site in Norway came from Estonian architecture firm ARS Projekt (Rasmus Tamme, Reio Raudsepp, Rene Safin, Evelin Eelmaa, Joonas Saan, Kristjan Männigo, Kristina Oolu, Karolin Kõll) and the winning design for the Ülenurme site near Tartu, Estonia came from the Lithuanian firm Paleka Archstudija (Rolandas Palekas, Dalia Zakaite, Mantas Skirmantas).
The international architecture competition drew 47 entries from 21 countries, the furthest of which came from Taiwan, Australia and the United States. The competition was organized by web-based architecture marketplace www.katus.eu in conjunction with timber house manufacturers Nurban AS and Kodumaja Kinnisvaraarenduse OÜ. The competition was announced last autumn with the goal of finding modern, smart and attractive solutions for two development sites: Svertingstad Gård near Stavanger, Norway and Ülenurme near Tartu, Estonia. The jury selected three winning entries for both the Norwegian as well as the Estonian sites.
The main organizer of the competition, Tiit Sild, and his web-based architecture marketplace katus.eu is focused on the idea of making our living environment better. "I believe that there is no reason why a prefabricated house shouldn’t also be a prime example of modern architecture,” Sild said. “An architecture competition was a good opportunity to inspire architects to create modern designs for prefabricated houses out of the most popular construction material in Estonia – wood. Estonia has become Europe’s largest timber house exporter, which gives us the prime opportunity to become a ringleader in the modern architecture and design of wooden houses.”
Margus Pauts, member of the jury and Managing Director of timber element and modular house manufacturer Nurban AS says that he’s very satisfied with the results of the competition: “We’re looking for the kinds of houses that people would really want to live in. And I can assure you that the competition was a success because we found just such designs.” Another jury member, Lembit Lump of Kodumaja AS, added that there were many competition entries that he found architecturally intriguing, which accounted for the manufacturing capabilities of the Estonian timber industry.
Svertingstad Gård, Norway
1st place: 5000€, design NIHE - ARS Projekt OÜ (Rasmus Tamme, Reio Raudsepp, Rene Safin, Evelin Eelmaa, Joonas Saan, Kristjan Männigo, Kristina Oolu, Karolin Kõll) – Estonia (on upper picture left)
2nd place: 3500€, design WOODY - 3+1 Architects (Gert Guriev, Markus Kaasik, Riin Kersalu, Kerstin Kivila, Taavi Lõoke, Mihkel Meriste, Andres Ojari, Ilmar Valdur) – Estonia
3rd place: 2000€, design RHC1PA - Anna Zukowska Architecture Studio, Maciej Žukowski – Poland
1st place: 4000€, key word PRIVATE CIRCLE, Paleka Archstudija (Rolandas Palekas, Dalia Zakaite, Mantas Skirmantas) – Lithuania (on second picture left)
2nd place: 2500€, key word SEE, Karisma Arhitektid (Risto Parve, Kai Süda, Margit Valma) – Estonia
3rd place: 1500€: key word TRFGHM, Gianluca Pelizzi Pelizziarchitettura – Italy
VELUX special mention for best use of roof lighting: 700€, key word BOK-BOK, Veljko Armano Linta, Ana Armano Linta, David Azinović, Ivana Ćavar – Croatia
Jury special mention: key word POSTBARN, raumspielkunst Architectural Design & Concepts, Florian Lachenmann – Germany
The prize money will be paid out to winner by the Estonian Cultural Endowment and they will be contacted by the competition organizers within 15 days.
The competition works will be on display on the second floor of the Solaris Centre, in front of the Apollo bookstore until April 5th.
The architecture competition was supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment, the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Velux, Q-Haus, Fenestra, the Tartu City Government, the Enterprise Department of the Tallinn City Government, entertainment centre Solaris, the Estonian Centre of Architecture, the Norwegian-Estonian Chamber of Commerce, Puukeskus, the Estonian Woodhouse Association and the Enterprise Estonia Regional Development Fund
Katus.eu is a web-based architecture marketplace what strives to improve our living environment by bringing together the best of high-quality, modern design with the manufacturers of prefabricated houses. The designs on our website are available to all first-rate house manufacturers.
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We thank all the architects who decided to participate in the prefab home competition! You have been putting a lot of effort into this, now it 's our turn.
We have reviewed 47 competition entries (including one which arrived on 6-th of February, after the work of the qualification committee had begun, during one of the working days of the jury). Most of the proposals were qualified, including those arriving late and those with some missing documents we received later by email. All together 45 entries. By now jury has worked a lot, and has to finish last details in protocol. The jury came into final judgement by consensus. Soon we will announce the winning proposal keywords. The authors behind the keywords will be revealed at the exhibition of the works.
Estonian web-based architecture marketplace start-up katus.eu, in cooperation with prefabricated house builders Nurban and Kodumaja, is announcing a competition for the design of modern prefabricated houses for sites in Stavanger, Norway and Ülenurme near Tartu, Estonia.
“With the help of internationally renowned architects from all over Europe we hope to gather progressive ideas in building with wood and achieve buildings that are contemporary and of high quality, yet low cost and easy and cheap to assemble,” said Tiit Sild, CEO of katus.eu. The overall aim of the competition is to expand the knowledge of architects and prefabricated house producers and therefore increase the export capability of participating architects. The target groups of the competition are real estate developers and architects.
The prize fund for the competition is 19 200€. In addition to that, participating architects and architecture offices are offered the opportunity to use katus.eu as a selling tool and marketing platform for their work.
Competition is focussed on two areas, Svertingstad Gård near Stavanger in Norway and Ülenurme in Estonia. Competition categories are row (terraced) houses and apartment houses, both set in different countries and different contexts. The houses will be manufactured by Estonian developers and marketed mainly to Estonia and Norway, but also to other markets. Estonia is the no 1 exporter of wooden houses in Europe with an annual sales volume of over 200 m€. Nearly 90% of the total production is sold outside Estonia, the main target markets being Scandinavia, Germany, and the UK, with partners reaching as far as Japan, South Africa and South Korea.
The competition brief can be downloaded from www.katus.eu/competition. Deadline for the competition is 26 January 2015. Winners of the competition will be announced in February 2015.
Katus.eu is a web-based platform for good modern architecture with the aim of introducing quality architecture to prefabricated home manufactures, thus improving our living environment. We provide our customers with pre-designed houses conceived by promising architects coupled with the expertise and experience of reliable manufacturers.
The competition is supported by Nurban AS, Kodumaja AS, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Velux AS, Q-Haus OÜ, Woodland Homes OÜ, Fenestra AS, Tartu City Government, Tallinn City Department of Enterprise, department store Solaris and the Estonian Centre of Architecture.
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