HGA (Hayashi – Grossschmidt Arhitektuur) was born in 2004, out of Coo Arhitektid which was an active young architects’ platform during 1999-2003.
Partners are Hanno Grossschmidt from Estonia and Tomomi Hayashi from Japan whose successful partnership was recognised and awarded with Young Architect Prize in 2010.
The range of projects diverses from temporary installations to urban plannings, which have been noted locally as well as internationally through exhibitions and publications.
Major awards include Estonian Culture Endowment Architectural Prizes in 2003 ( Lasnamäe Track and Field Center/ Lasnamäe Kergejõustikuhall) and in 2009 (Rotermann Old and New Flour Storage/ Rotermanni Vana ja Uus Jahuladu). The same project were nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award in 2005 and 2009.
The practice has participated in creation of the recently-completed Estonian National Museum as a local architect.
Our office functions as a creative design team exploring architectural interactions in practical, contextual, and materialistic manner through collaborative relationships with clients, builders, engineers, designers, as well as users in large context.
We consider architecture as a part of scene/landscape which interacts with the surrounding environments through its tolerant potential. We try to make the building comminicative by articulation of its volumes, materials and building programmes. The building is to be functional, though not tightly but loosely to suggest or support everyday life of users and the public.
Through architecture we can enliven, strengthen and also heal the environment of and around the site. This is basics of architecture as a tool of placemaking.
Born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1973
1997 Bachelor of Architecture/ Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
1999 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, USA
1998 AS ENTEC Tallinn, Estonia
1998 Urbel ja Peil AB, Tallinn
1999 McAllister Architectural Consulting Services, Alexandria, VA, USA
1999 Founded COO Arhitektid with Kalle Komissarov, Katrin Koov, Kaire Nõmm, Rene Valner in Tallinn
2004 Reformed into HG Arhitektuur
2011 Received YOUNG ARCHITECT AWARD 2010
Chartered architect-expert VIII,
A member of the Union of Estonian Architects
Born in Toyama, Japan in 1971
1994 Bachelor of Architecture/ Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan
1999 Master of Architecture/ Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, USA
1994-95 Maki and Associates, Tokyo, Japan
1999-01 Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York, USA
2001 Founded Head Arhitektid with Indrek Peil and Siiri Vallner in Tallinn
2003 Collaborated with Arhitektuuribüroo KOSMOS, Tallinn
2004 Joined COO Arhitektid, later reformed into HG Arhitektuur
2012-17 Head of the Institute of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Engineering at TTK University of Applied Sciences, Tallinn
2016- Associate professor, Institute of Architecture, TTK University of Applied Sciences, Tallinn
Chartered architect-expert VIII,
A member of the Union of Estonian Architects
Siim Endrikson, Marianna Zvereva, Andres Ristov, Jüri Nigulas, Agur-Andri Tarmo, Anna Endrikson,
Triin Lehtmets, Liisa Peri
Former Staff 2004 –
Pille Heinloo, Bernat Bosch (Spain), Yoko Azukawa (Japan), Simone Leuenberger (Switzerland),
Anne Fridberg (Denmark), Michael Clapp (USA), Jana Zackova (Czeck Republic), Ivari Eller, Eela Samblik,
Kristel Niisuke, Helen Oja, Elo Kiivet, Timo Titma, Birgit Jaanus, Tanel Oolu, Sander Treijar, Liis Voksepp
- 2018 — “The renovation of Machinery Hall of the A. M. Lutheri Furniture Factory” has received 2018 Annual Prize of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects. The same project was nominated for 2018 Annual Prize of the Union of the Estonian architects as well as for the Estonian Culture Endowment.
- 2018 — “The Creative Fuel” office at KultuuriKatel was nominated for 2018 Annual Prize of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects.
- 2018 — “The renovation of Machinery Hall of the A. M. Lutheri Furniture Factory” has been awarded Special Prize for Plywood Construction by Wood Awards 2018 from the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association
- 2018 — Tallinn’s Urban Planning Department has merited “The renovation of Machinery Hall of the A. M. Lutheri Furniture Factory” for excellent restoration work and interior design of 2017.
- 2018 — Special Award from Estonian Union of Concrete was given to “The renovation of Machinery Hall of the A. M. Lutheri Furniture Factory”.
- 2017 — “Estonian National Museum” has received 2017 Architectural Prize from the Estonian Culture Endowment as well as from the Union of the Estonian architects.
- 2017 — “Tokumaru Takeaway” was nominated for 2017 Annual Prize of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects.
- 2017 — “Floating Sauna” was shortlisted for 2A Architectural Award for Asia and Europe
- 2016 — “Floating Sauna” was nominated for “Small project 2013-15″ award by the Union of Estonian architects and installation category of 2016 Annual Prize of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects.
- 2016 — “Floating Sauna” received two prizes of the Wood Awards 2016 from the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association including Special Prize for Plywood Construction and People’s Choice Prize from the public voting of the Delfi info portal
- 2016 — Best Building 2015 in a category “New Apartment building in historical area” by City of Tartu for Apartment building in Jakobi Street, Tartu
- 2015 — Nominated for the Architecture Prize 2015 “Architectural activity” by the Estonian Culture Endowment with Paper Library
- 2015 — Nominated for 2014 Annual Prize of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects. Restaurant category with Noodle Restaurant Tokumaru & Installation category with Paper Library
- 2013 — Shared 2nd place for the “Private House Award 2008-2012” with the Musician’s house in Tallinn. Also received special mention by VELUX
- 2012 — Finalist for the European Prize for Urban Public Space, Installation “Merele” presented together with other works realized in the Lift 11 Installation Festival
- 2012 — “VELUX prize for the building with roof window in Estonia 2012”, Honorable mention for Musician’s house in Tallinn
- 2012 — BAUA exhibition booth received “Hõbemuna” (Silver Egg) prize in the creative communication competition “Kuldmuna 2012“ in ambient design category
- 2012 — Nominated for 2011 Annual Prize of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects in Exhibition Design category with BAUA exhibition booth at UIA Congress in Tokyo
- 2011 — Estonian Design Award, Silver prize in Environmental Design category for BAUA exhibition booth at UIA Congress in Tokyo
- 2011 — Best Public Interior Prize 2010 of the Annual Prize of the the Estonian Association of Interior Architects with ADM Interactive office
- 2010 — Nominated for the 2009 Annual Prize of the the Estonian Association of Interior Architects with AGE McCANN office
- 2010 — Architectural Prize 2009 from the Estonian Culture Endowment for Rotermann’s Flour Storage
- 2009 — Best Building in Historical Environment 2008 from the Culture Department of Tallinn for Rotermann’s Flour Storage
- 2009 — Nominated for Mies van der Rohe Prize 2009 with Rotermann’s Flour Storage
- 2007 — Nominated for 2007 Building Prize by the Estonian Culture Endowment with FOORUM Commercial Centre
- 2006 — Nominated for 2005 Building Prize by the Estonian Culture Endowment with the Aparment building in Lootsi Street. Tallinn
- 2005 — Nominated for Mies van der Rohe Prize 2005 with Lasnamäe Track and Field Centre
- 2004 — Special Award 2003 by the Estonian Concrete Union for Lasnamäe Track and Field Centre
- 2004 — Architecture Prize 2003 by the Estonian Culture Endowment for Lasnamäe Track and Field Centre
- 2016 — HONORABLE MENTION, International two-stage competiton for the Viljandi’s new hospital and health centre
- 2018 — 2ND PLACE, Invited competition for APARTMENT BUILDING IN TÄHE STREET, TARTU
- 2017 — 1ST PLACE, Invited competition for the United Cinema and Post Office Buildings at Narva mnt 1 and Hobujaama 5, Tallinn
- 2017 — 2ND PLACE, Open competition for regenerating of the TALLINNA KAUBAMAJA, DEPARTMENT STORE
- 2017 — 1ST PLACE, Invited competition for vision of the SEPISE QUARTER, Tallinn
- 2017 — 1ST PLACE, Invited competition for APARTMENT BUILDING IN RAUA STREET, TALLINN
- 2016 — HONORABLE MENTION, Open competition for the PÄRNU PORT AREA planning
- 2016 — SHARED 2ND-3RD PLACE, Two-stage open competition for the PIRITA PROMENADE complex, Tallinn
- 2015 — SHARED 1ST PLACE, Open competition for the extention of the PÄRNU TENNIS CENTRE
- 2015 — SHARED 1ST PLACE, Invited competition for the vision of the SALUTAGUSE MANOR FIELD
- 2013 — HONORABLE MENTION, 4TH PLACE, Open competition for the ESTONIAN PAVILION FOR THE EXPO 2015, MILAN
- 2013 — 1ST PLACE, Invited competition for the APARTMENT BUILDING IN JAKOBI STREET, TARTU
- 2012 — 2ND PLACE, Open competition for the ESTONIAN HISTORY MUSEUM MAARJAMÄE KOMPLEX, TALLINN
- 2012 — 3RD PLACE, Open competition for the extention of the PÄRNU SÜTEVAKA HUMANITARIAN GYMNASIUM
- 2011 — 1ST PLACE, Invited competition for the APARTMENT COMPLEX IN KADRIORG,TALLINN
- 2010 — Entry “Merele” was selected in an open competition for the LIFT11 URBAN INSTALLATION FESTIVAL
- 2007 — RUNNER-UP PRIZE, 4TH PLACE, International Open Competition for the ESTONIAN BROADCASTING CENTER
- 2007 — 1ST PLACE, Invited competition for the VILJANDI ROWING BOATHOUSE
- 2005 — 1ST PLACE, Invited competition for the ROTERMANNI FLOUR STORAGE office building, Tallinn
- 2005 — 1ST PLACE, Open Competition for the extension of the MAHTRA PEASANTRY MUSEUM
- 2003 — 1ST PLACE, Invited competition for the APARTMENT BUILDING IN LOOTSI STREET, TALLINN