Concrete Building of the Year 2018 – the Estonian Academy of Arts built by Maru Betoonitööd

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At Concrete Day held in the new building of the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn on 12 March 2019, the winners of the competition Concrete Building of the Year 2018 were announced. The Concrete Association awarded a special prize for architecture for the innovative use and display of concrete in the hotel-apartment-office building at Roseni 9/11 built by Maru Betoonitööd in cooperation with Maru Ehitus.
The chairman of the jury, Aadu Kana, said: “Our special thanks go to architect Martin Aunin, for his keen dedication to concrete, he has practiced with concrete in multiple ways and displayed the materials high quality.”

The main prize for concrete building of the year 2018 went to the Estonian Academy of Arts built by Maru Betoonitööd. According to the competition regulations, the grand prize is awarded to an architect or originator of an idea. Participants who contributed significantly to achieving the results are also highlighted; in recent years, the performer of concrete works as well.
The jury commented, it’s a good example of how a new concrete building has been united with the old concrete buildings. Here we can see concrete constructions of the prewar period of the Republic of Estonia, the reinforced concrete frames of the industrial and administrative buildings from the Soviet period and our contemporary building. Many of the concrete surfaces from different periods are left without covering finishing.

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