The Concrete Construction of the Year is the Tondiraba Ice Hall

Press release

Today, on the Concrete Day, the Estonian Concrete Association announced the winners of the competition “Concrete Construction of the Year 2014” at the Environmental Education Centre of the Tallinn Zoo.

Concrete Construction of the Year 2014 – Tondiraba Ice Hall, in Tallinn. Grand prize of the competition –Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid OÜ.

– Prize for the ordering party – Tallinn Sports and Youth Department;

– Prize for the constructor – Civen OÜ, Novarc Group AS;

– Prize for construction and concrete works – Merko Ehitus Eesti AS;

– Concrete prize – E-Betoonelement AS, Rudus AS, HC Betoon AS;

– Formwork prize – Peri AS.

For construction of an architecturally simple and nice, but structurally complex building built in seamless and constructive cooperation with extensive use of concrete.

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The jury’s comments: “An aesthetically enjoyable sports hall with complex engineering, offering multiple areas of exploitation and distinguishing from other Nordic ice halls by greater consideration for design.”

Aadu Kana, Chairman of the jury: “We were delighted about the diverse use of concrete and the very high quality of the concrete works. The union of concrete and wood is especially well executed in this building.”


Special prize for architecture – Architectural bureau Studio-3 OÜ,

The building of the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia, Beijing, China.

For the high level of work architecturally and excellent exhibition of concrete in the exterior as well as interior.

The jury’s comments: “The architects of the building envisaged even more striking and imposing use of concrete, but the local builders did not fully execute their wishes. The building itself is of monolithic concrete and the external walls were supposed to be made of white monolithic concrete as well, but were eventually built of fibre reinforced concrete elements. There was an international competition held for the architectural solution and the result speaks for itself.”


Special prize for architecture and the builder – Parking building in Ülemiste City, Valukoja 4C, in Tallinn.

Design: Novarc Group AS, Ilmar Klammer;

Builder: Nordecon Betoon OÜ.

For the skilful renovation of a historic building; for the pleasant and successful combining of “the new and old” structurally, aesthetically and functionally.

For preparedness for cooperation, thinking along, for the well-considered and high-quality concrete work.

The jury’s comments: “A concrete parking building has been cast into a brick factory building from the 1950s, the brick surfaces have been covered with concrete on the inside. The architect’s work must be acknowledged for the fact that a new building – a parking building in conformity with standards – was built inside the old contours. The architect has done his best and the builders of Nordecon provided very high-quality work.”


Special prize for the ordering party: Lauri Tuulberg – apartment at Kosemetsa 11 in Tallinn.

For bold and innovative use of concrete in the interior design of an apartment block apartment.

Aadu Kana, Chairman of the jury: “While concrete does not really feature in the general appearance of the three apartment buildings in Kosemetsa Road, then this apartment is an extremely concrete-friendly piece of art. The owner of the apartment can be awarded the title of a “real friend of concrete”: the walls of the apartment are of cast concrete and the islands in the kitchen and in the sauna, lights in various rooms, etc. are also made of concrete.”


Special prize of the magazine “Ehitaja” – TMB Element OÜ: The high-quality concrete elements of the building of the Physicum of the University of Tartu.

The competition “Concrete Construction of the Year” organized for the fifteenth time this year was brought to life to introduce to the public the wide areas of application of concrete and to acknowledge the people who have used a domestic building material – the versatile and easy-to-shape concrete – to implement their ideas.

13 works were submitted to this year’s competition. The competition was open to the concrete buildings and the structures and procedures used in them that were delivered to the ordering parties in the course of 2014.

The jury of the competition “Concrete Construction of the Year 2014” included representatives of various construction associations of Estonia: Johannes Pello from the Estonian Concrete Association, Kalle Vellevoog from the Estonian Association of Architects, Indrek Peterson from the Estonian Association of Construction Entrepreneurs, Heiki Meos from the Estonian Association of Civil Engineers, Enno Rebane from the Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia, Andres Saar from the Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies, Chairman of the jury Aadu Kana, as well as representatives of construction journalists – Eva Kiisler from the magazine “Ehitaja” and Finnish architect Maritta Koivisto from the magazine “Betoni”.

The Estonian Concrete Association is a union promoting the use of concrete as a domestic construction material, which incorporates 48 companies, organisations and private persons.

The Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia is an association of the undertakings involved in production and sales of construction materials, which incorporates 63 members.

Further information:

Aadu Kana, Chairman of the jury of the competition “Concrete Construction of the Year 2014”,

Honorary Member of the Estonian Concrete Association
Tel: +372 5049 477

Peeter Kokk, Executive Director of the Estonian Concrete Association,
Tel: +372 51 87 198; +372 648 1918;

Enno Rebane, Executive Director of the Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia
Tel: +372 51 82 662; +372 648 1918;


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