The Union of Estonian Architects (Eesti Arhitektide Liit), which celebrated its 100th birthday on Friday, announced the top 10 architectural objects most worthy of recognition from the last century.
President of the Association of Architects Andro Mänd said good architecture which has withstood the test of time deserves to be recognized.
"What is meant by architecture with a lasting value is that the architectural integrity of the building has been preserved in the form in which it was originally designed by the architect. One of the aims of this recognition is to add value to Soviet-era architecture," Mänd said.
Only public architecture was included in the competition but, in the future, a similar event will be organized for private architecture.
The top 10 buildings are:
The Riigikogu building (1920-1922), Herbert Johanson, Eugen Habermann
Pärnu beach building (1938-1939), Olev Siinmaa
Tallinn Fire Station (1939), Herbert Johanson
Tallinn Song Festival Stage (1960), Alar Kotli, Henno Sepmann
The Flower Pavilion (1960) and Cafe Tuljak in Tallinn (1964-1966), Valve Pormeister
Jäneda State farm's technical school (1975), Valve Pormeister
Okta Centrum, Rapla (1977), Toomas Rein
Tehvandi Sports Center, Otepää (1978), Peep Jänes, Tõnu Mellik
Tallinn Linnahall (1980), Raine Karp, Riina Altmäe
Karja tänav flower shop (1978-1983), Vilen Künnapu
Editor: Helen Wright