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ESTONIA Finns win EBS university competition

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Finnish studio ALA Architects has won the competition to design an extension to the Estonian Business School in Tallinn’s central Maakri district.

A total of 37 studios and consortiums took part in the bidding, with ALA eventually being chosen out of a shortlist of seven.

The winning design includes a 30-storey high-rise housing an office hotel intended for business accelerators and research-intensive start-ups (4,000 sqm). Above it, an accommodation block planned intended mainly for EBS students (5,000 sqm). The upper floors of the building (15,000 sqm) will contain apartments to be sold to raise funds for further investment in the infrastructure of the university.

As the key target group for the apartments comprises successful entrepreneurs, we hope that its residents will also be involved in our academic community as students, mentors, visiting lecturers, future employers and angel investors. The design proposal by ALA Architects fits in well with the developing Maakri district, and, after the project is completed, it will become an important landmark as the home of education in the sphere of business and economics as well as new entrepreneurship in the heart of Tallinn.
Mart Habakuk, the chairman of the panel of judges

ALA has received a first prize of EUR 8,000, while Alver Arhitektid was awarded EUR 7,000 for second place and Kaos Arhitektid in third place received EUR 5,000.

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