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Kodumaja apartment building in Oslo named "Pre-Fab Building of the Year 2011"

25.11.2011

In association with the Estonian Forestand Wood Industries Association and the Puuinfo programme, the Estonian Woodhouse Association has announced the winner of the second annual "Pre-Fab Building of the Year" competition, which for 2011 has been awarded to a Kodumaja AS apartment building located in the Norwegian capital Oslo.

Translation of an article from Estonian Woodhouse Assocation web page: http://www.puitmajaliit.ee/uudised/aasta-tehasemaja-2011-on-kodumaja-korterelamu-oslos you can read below:

Kodumaja apartment building in Oslo named "Pre-Fab Building of the Year 2011"

15 November 2011

In association with the Estonian Forestand Wood Industries Association and the Puuinfo programme, the Estonian Woodhouse Association has announced the winner of the second annual ‘Pre-Fab Building of the Year' competition, which for 2011 has been awarded to a Kodumaja AS apartment building located in the Norwegian capital Oslo. The wooden building, manufactured in an Estonian factory, was awarded the title as part of the ‘Timber Structure of the Year' architectural competition, which has been running for nine years.

"Five different companies nominated buildings they'd manufactured for this year's title," explained Elari Kivisoo, the director of the Estonian timber building cluster and the man behind the competition. "Three of them were located in Norway, which is the biggest market for Estonian timber building manufacturers, and two of them here in Estonia itself."

Kivisoo says that the winning building stands out in the centre of Oslo not only for its architecture but also for the engineering and technical solutions it employs. "Strict regulations had to be taken into account in terms of earthquake and fire safety and energy efficiency when manufacturing and assembling the building, and the fact that they were all achieved was the result of international cooperation between experts in the fields," he said.

The pre-fabricated building comprises three separate blocks with a total of 33 apartments. The complex is located at Christian Krohgs gate 39 in Oslo. The lower two floors of the seven-storey blocks are home to garages and business premises and were constructed on site from reinforced concrete. The top five apartment floors of the buildings were assembled from timber framework elements manufactured in the Kodumaja factory in Tartu.

The apartment blocks were completed in 2011 in association with FuthArk Arkitekter.

The apartments were completed in association with FuthArk Arkitekter. Photo: Kodumaja AS

The runner-up in the competition was a three-story private home constructed on the basis of a timber frame manufactured by Seve Ehituse AS and also located in Norway. Third place was awarded to a combined log and timber frame two-storey home manufactured by EstNor OÜ and again located in Norway.

The photo gallery of entries in the "Pre-Fab Building of the Year 2011" competition can be found here.

A total of five buildings were submitted to this year's competition. Submission was open to buildings pre-fabricated in an Estonian factory which were completed and handed over to clients between 2009 and 2011 and which met the following conditions:

  •  the underlying structure of the building had to be manufactured from timber in a factory located in Estonia; 
  • and  the Estonian company that manufactured the underlying structure of the building had to supervise the design and construction of its exterior visual aspect.

The international jury for the "Pre-Fab Building of the Year 2011" competition comprised:

Rajmund Sebõk (architect, Hungary);
Pierre Leriche (construction engineer, France);
Ivo Rebane (architect, OÜ Guru Projekt, Estonia);
Illimar Truverk (architect, Allianss Arhitektid OÜ, Estonia);
Targo Kalamees (construction engineer, Tallinn Technical University, Estonia); and
Liivi Tamm (journalist, Äripäev business daily, Estonia).

Last year's title was awarded to Tammiste kindergarten in Sauga municipality in Pärnu County, Estonia, manufactured by AS Matek.

For further information please contact:
Elari Kivisoo
Member of the Management Board, Estonian Woodhouse Association
Director, Estonian timber building cluster
Mobile: +372 5343 4014
E-mail: elari@puitmajaliit.ee
www.puitmajaliit.ee
www.woodhouse.ee

The "Pre-Fab Building of the Year 2011" competition was partly funded via a full application project of companies exporting Estonian timber buildings, supported from the cluster development programme of Enterprise Estonia, which is financed by the European Fund for Regional Development.

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