The Concrete Building of the Year Award goes to the Estonian National Museum

Press Release

This year’s Concrete Day took place at the Estonian National Museum where the Estonian Concrete Association announced the winners of the ‘Concrete Building of the Year Awards 2016’.

The Concrete Building of the Year Award 2016 goes to DGT Architects (Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh, Tsuyoshi Tane) for the Estonian National Museum in Tartu.

Best Contractor – Riigi Kinnisvara AS

Best Designer – Novarc Group AS

Best Construction Works – Fund Ehitus OÜ

Best Concrete Works – Alusehitus OÜ, BGM Ehitus OÜ, & K-Most AS

Best Concrete Elements – TMB Element OÜ

Best Concrete – Rudus AS, TM Betoon OÜ

Best Formwork – Ramirent Baltic AS

Watch an introductory video about the Estonian National Museum here:

An original building with contemporary architecture that creates new connections in its environment and elegantly highlights the advantages of concrete as a modern structural material.

The jury’s comment: ‘This building possesses ambitious architecture that is rooted in concrete and is composed of a grand dialogue between concrete, steel and glass.’

The jury’s chairman, Aadu Kana, said: ‘The quality of the concrete work is also excellent – and on what a scale! All the way to the rooms at the back, the ‘dark’ storage facilities, and the hand-polished concrete stairs, each and every person working on the construction of this building has done an outstanding job. It stands as a true homage to the Estonian people!’


Special Award for Architecture – Narva beach house

Arhitektuuribüroo JVR OÜ – Kalle Vellevoog, Andrus Andrejev, & Martin Prommik

The jury’s comment was: ‘The architects have made sure that this concrete building merges into the landscape and doesn’t seem to be too dominating, while still guaranteeing active usability on different levels. A cast concrete building with complicated configurations.’

The jury’s chairman, Aadu Kana, said: ‘The views are extraordinary. An interesting terrain with historic and political symbols – a contemporary approach to an historical and natural environment.’


Special Award for an Architectural Façade Design – the Karl Storz Video Endoscopy Estonia OÜ production, service, and office building

Arhitektuuribüroo Luhse & Tuhal OÜ

The jury’s comment was: ‘The surface of the panels on this well-developed element building has been divided to add diversity, using horizontal rectangles with the help of dummy joints for this purpose. The two different forge patterns, combined with smooth unprocessed surfaces, accentuate playfulness.’

The jury’s chairman, Aadu Kana, said: ‘E-Betoonelement used titanium dioxide to produce the details on the building’s façade. The aim of the architects was to achieve a light, charming, and natural-looking concrete surface.’


Special Award for Cooperation between the Contractor, Architect, and Manufacturer of the Concrete ElementLääne-Virumaa villa

Contractor: private individual

Architects: Arhitektibüroo Emil Urbel OÜ (Emil Urbel, Aleksandr Zverev)

Concrete elements: Swetrak AS

The jury’s comment was: ‘In addition to the concrete-heavy exterior, copious amounts of pre-cast concrete surface detail also stands out in the interior. The concrete doorposts only highlight the astounding attention to detail.’

Swetrak AS is part of the Consolise Group and was responsible for the excellent realisation of the concrete elements that wowed the jury.


The Reader Award goes to the Estonian National Museum and its constructor, Fund Ehitus OÜ.

The Concrete Building of the Year Awards which took place this year was already the sixteenth time this event had been run. The aim of the awards is to make people aware of the wider areas of application for concrete and to acknowledge those people who have used this versatile and easy-to-shape domestic building material to implement their ideas.

Twenty projects were submitted to this year’s competition. Qualification involved concrete buildings that were delivered to the contractor in 2016, as well as any structures and procedures which were used within them.

The jury of the Concrete Building of the Year Awards 2016 included representatives from various Estonian construction associations: Ülar Mark from the Estonian Association of Architects; Johannes Pello from the Estonian Concrete Association; Indrek Peterson from the Estonian Association of Construction Entrepreneurs; Heiki Meos from the Estonian Association of Civil Engineers; Aivar Lukk from the Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies; Enno Rebane from the Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia; Aadu Kana, the jury’s chairman, and also construction journalists, Eva Kiisler from Ehitaja, Liivi Tamm from EhitusEST, and Finnish architect Maritta Koivisto from Betoni.

The Estonian Concrete Association incorporates 56 companies, organisations, and private individuals, and aims to promote the use of concrete as a domestic construction material.

The Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia incorporates 62 member companies which are involved in the production and sale of construction materials.

Additional information:

Aadu Kana, Concrete Building of the Year Awards 2016, jury chairman;

Estonian Concrete Association, Honorary Member

Ph: +372 504 9477

Toomas Vainola, Estonian Concrete Association, CEO

Ph:+372 503 6650 or +372 648 1918; email:

Enno Rebane, Association of Construction Material Producers of Estonia, CEO

Ph: +372 518 2662 or +372 648 1918;


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