is a leading Estonian architecture and urban design practice. The office has produced numerous built projects, as well as a number of visionary proposals for objects of varying complexity and scale, located in Estonia, Finland, Russia and China. The office’s work has received recognition from both local and international architectural communities, especially for its ability to produce remarkable artifacts of contemporary architecture in sensitive historic environments. From private residences to large multifunctional developments, Alver Architects are steadfast to produce architecture of highest quality with meticulous attention to detail and sustainability issues, without ever letting go of the underlying artistic concepts. The small and dedicated team of professionals and the hyper-horizontal collaborative structure of the practice ensure personal treatment and an individualized approach to each project. Given its tight association with the Estonian Academy of Arts, the office has served as a think tank and a launching pad for a whole generation of young Estonian architects.

Recent Awards

2010 – European Prize for Urban Public Space: Liberty Square – finalist

2009 – International competition for the New Administrative Building of the Tallinn City Government, Tallinn, Estonia: 2nd prize

2009 – Estonian Concrete union: Liberty Square subterranean parking garage – year’s best concrete structure

2009 – Urban development ideology and landscape design for Joaoru recreational area, Narva, Estonia: second/third prize

2007 – Tallinn Noblessner Port Area Spatial Development competition, Tallinn, Estonia: shared 1st prize

2005 – Estonian Cultural Capital: City Plaza office building – annual best architecture award

2003 – Estonian timber Union: Pühajärve SPA swimming pool – year’s best timber building award

2002 – Mies van der Rohe Award: Haapsalu Gym – nominee

2001 – Mies van der Rohe Award: De La Gardie shopping center – nominee

2000 – Estonian Cultural Capital: De La Gardie shopping center – annual best architecture award

Selected Publications

2014 – MAJA (Estonian Architectural Review), #1/2014. “Ways of Living”. Issue dedicated to Alver Architects, featuring an interview with Andres Alver (pp. 42-51), and an article about Hiiu Lõvi. (pp. 52-63)

2014 – “Hiiu Lõvi (HIIU)”. Featured project

2012 – “Copper Residences”. Triin Ojari. architecture review. Work featured: Hiiu Residences

2011 – “European City Architecture: Project, Structure, Image”. Documents from the festival dell’Architettura 6-2011. Ed. L.Amistadi, E.Prandi. Work featured

2010 – “Undiscovered Assets”. Essay in the Estonian daily “Postimees”. A.Alver. Tallinn

2009 – “Evaluation of the Helsinki Waterfront hotel by Herzog & deMeuron. Katajanokan hotelli, Katajanokanlaituri 2”. Critical survey by request of Helsinki City Government. A.Alver. Tallinn

1999 – “Over the buildings and beyond: essays and projects on urbanism”. A.Alver, T.Trummal, V.Kaasik. Tallinn

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