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Estonian Centre design wins prestigious architectural award

Estonian Centre Architect Alar Kongats

The Nordic-inspired design for the new International Estonian Centre by Alar Kongats has won an Award of Merit by Canadian Architect magazine in its annual Awards of Excellence program.

A total of 14 awards were given to architectural firms and students from across Canada for design proposals that represent innovation and overall design excellence, as well as social and environmental sustainability.

Now in their 51st year, these awards are the highest recognition for excellence in the design stage in the Canadian architectural sector.

Canadian Architect states that “by focusing on commissioned yet unbuilt projects along with exceptional student work, the program recognizes design ambitions and supports an overall culture of design excellence.”

Of the 190 professional and student submissions received for this year’s awards program, the jury selected 7 projects for Awards of Excellence, 4 projects for Awards of Merit, and 2 projects for Student Awards of Excellence.

“We are very honoured to have been chosen to receive this award,” Alar Kongats said. “The design of the new centre represents the hard work and vision of the entire Estonian community, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have it recognized in this manner.”

Alar and his team have created a clean, aesthetically pleasing design that incorporates sustainable elements along with natural materials.

The award-winning projects are described in full in the December 2018 issue of Canadian Architect, available here.


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